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.
I am a big believer in developing a dual technique method for greenside pitch shots. With the two techniques, a player has a tool bag of 6 different shots (using the 3 wedges they carry) for pitching the ball around the green. Once the dual method has been perfected the player simple needs to make a choice on the correct shot to be played.
One of the first barriers I break down when teaching putting is expectation versus reality. Using statistics and comparison from the PGA Tour players, I test my students on percentages of putts made from common distances.