Golfers come in all shapes and sized, genders, ages and abilities. So what is it that makes the game so attractive to such a wide variety of people? Well if we think about it, although we all play the same game, there are as many ways and reasons to play as there are people who do.
As a teaching professional that spends 40+ hours a week on the driving range, I see a multitude of different swings. Golfers of all shapes and sizes with swings just as different, typically utilizing their range time to practice a swing that generates maximum distance.
Occasionally, newer and seasoned golfers alike get nervous over the ball when faced with a tough lie, forced carry or tight pin. But if your knees are knocking over every chip, this tip is for you.
It is true that you must practice a lot to have great touch around the greens, but there is actual simplicity to virtually all short game shots.
The obvious way to get better at your short game is to practice. I find, however, it is the WAY that short game is practiced that translates into success on the course.
Why do YOU play golf? There are probably as many different reasons someone might take up the game and continue to play as there are people playing. With that said how do we provide relevant information and instruction to the masses? Can the beginner or weekend warrior benefit from the same stuff as the fierce competitor? Well I believe we all have more things in common than you might think.
One thing I notice when coaching golfers is a fear of the greenside bunker shot. As soon as their ball gets in the bunker, there is immediate tension and anxiety about how to play the shot. While the bunker shot has unique elements, it is actually just a derivative of your full golf swing.
Good chipping can only come from a consistent set up and a crisp contact. Set yourself up with a narrow stance, your front foot flared toward the target. Shift your weight slightly to the left foot, so that your center moves on top of the ball. While swinging, it’s important that the angle you create on your backswing be maintained throughout the downswing.
Many who play the game of golf spend the majority of their practice time working on their driver. They think that by improving their driver, and finding an extra ten yards, their scores will improve. This idea prevents them from achieving their goal of lowering scores.