Short Game Common Sense for Chipping
Most golfers in the game today give up more strokes from 100 yards in then in any other part of their game. The short game in golf from 100 yards in accounts for about 50% of a good players scoring but well over 70% of the scoring for the average amateur golfer. Why is it so difficult ? It’s no secret that course designers place most of the trouble in course layouts in the final 50-100 yards to the green to make it more difficult and challenging to score. Many greens are protected by multiple bunkers, heavy rough and strategically placed water hazzards. To make things worse green surfaces are often undulated and sloped with the quickest surfaces on the course.
Having said all of this, its seems ironic that most golfers practice long to mid irons and drivers at the range and spend little or no time on their short game. More strokes are lost in golf’s short game than anywhere else on the course and the reason is simple, if you cannot chip your ball close enough to make a put on a consistant basis your going to be adding 3-4 strokes to score on almost every hole from 100 yards in.
The crazy thing about the golf swing is that what happens in your short chipping swing somehow always finds it way to your full swing. Great short game players tend to be great ball strikers with all their clubs. Week #6 at the East Bay Learning Center was all about chipping. Mike explained to me in simple terms how to relate my short game to the hands on a clock by beginning with a short swing chipping the ball about 10 yards. Using the clock I was to start my downswing at 7 O’Clock and follow through to 5 O’Clock. For longer chip shots the distance was fro 8 to 4 and finally from 9 to 3. It was not long before I had developed a swing length for each distance always following through as far back as forward.
While the concept seems completely logical it takes some work to ingrain and master your distances and to always choose a proper landing zone, especially on the greens. Once again when I took my game to the course of Thursday right after my lesson I realized there are additional challenges depending on slope, surface and lies you are faced with. Just the same knowing these simple rules of distance and swing length allowed me to put myself in a better position to score with a plan.
In the last week I have learned what happens in the short swing will happen in the full swing every time.
My Starting Index 5 Weeks Ago 16.7 Home Course Handicap 18
My Current Index 13.7 Home Course Handicap 15
My Current Trending Index is 12.7
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