A good short game means having a sound technique, a good eye for distance, and most importantly, some creativity. Look at these professional short game tips that anyone, yes I mean anyone, not just Tiger Woods, can utilize and improve their golf game:
When Chipping, Pay Attention To Posture
You seldom hear about posture when it comes to chipping. However, you will find that PGA professionals agree that posture is very important in your the short game because it will let you to hit consistently, which, as I am sure you would agree is vital in improving your feel, touch and technique both on and around the greens. Start by lowering yourself to the ball while creating a comfortable angle in the lower back. Lean forward from the waist, just as you would when taking a full shot.
Several Adjustments To Make In Stance, Grip & Ball Position
Because of the variety of lies and distances that you will undoubtedly experience in and around the greens, numerous shots will need full adjustments in terms of the position of the ball, your grip, and stance. Good players know, mainly because of these different situations, that it is very important to become familiar with address position changes by taking a number of practice swings before you play each shot.
Improve Your Short Game First
Most of the world’s best finest golf professionals spend endless hours of practice on putting and a variety of short game shots before attempting the full swing. Jose Maria Olazabal is a prime example, as is Bobby Jones, who spent more time pitching and chipping golf balls around the greens than practicing the full swing with his driver.
Turn Chip Shots Into Sinkers By Changing Your Attitude
It is possible to improve your chip shots quite dramatically by simply changing your mind set and attitude. When you are just off the green and thinking to make your next chip land close to the hole, you should try and visualize the ball actually going into the hole. Really focus on that mental picture and let your focus to execute a successful shot.
Master One Specific Club At A Time
When faced with a shot just off the edge of the green, most professional golfers are looking to hole the shot. To start making these exciting shots then you should learn to master one specific club at a time. Become familiar with the club and keep practicing these shots until you feel you could actually get the ball really close to the hole blindfolded.
Putt From The Fringe With A Long Iron
A fabulous tip that is definitely worth trying out is to putt with your long iron (like a 3 or 4 iron) anytime the ball is just off the green. Whilst most golfers use the putter, the long iron offers less loft on the clubface which makes it safer (and easier) to make the putt into the hole.