Your Short Game Is So Important
Playing a good round of golf is about weighing up your options. This is certainly true for the majority of the shots that you will have to play but none more so than for your short game.
Did those three words just send a shiver down your spine? Hold tight I’m going to say them again, your short game. This is the prime area where many people become unstuck on the golf course.
Short Game Rules
Don’t panic, there are few straightforward rules that will help you to decide what clubs to use and you will be pleased to learn that these rules are based on the principal of least risk.
Rule number one, if the golf ball will roll, always use your putter. This rule applies even if you are only marginally off the green and assuming the chances of the ball bouncing are virtually nil then yes it is wise to use your putter.
However, if there is a likelihood of the golf ball bouncing using your putter then opt for a more conventional chip and run shot.
It is worth pointing out that the direction of the golf ball is so much easier to control if it is running along smooth ground.
Today’s third and final rule comes into play when the two previous rules are just not practical. No surprise here, just get your pitching or lob wedge out of your bag.
Unless you are a truly experienced golfer a wedge will offer you less control and provide more room for error. There are many factors that can determine the outcome of a wedge shot such as the lie of the golf ball.
A Good Short Game Will Lower Your Handicap
Therefore, when practicing you should devote sufficient time to perfecting your chip and run technique as it can be a savior if and when used effectively.
Here is a great exercise for your short game, grab a bucket of golf balls and just randomly scatter them around the outside of the green. Then, from a variety of distances, practice chipping them onto the green as close to the outside as possible but with enough momentum to reach the back of the hole.
Without doubt, the Short Game is the area of play that can make the biggest impact on lowering your handicap so it is well worth spending time perfecting it.