Short Game

Even the most skilled golfers can find themselves struggling with the all-important short game. But when your chipping goes awry, how do you get it back on track? 2009 PGA Teacher of the Year Mike Bender can help in this week's "Free Lesson Friday."

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How to Play Uneven Lie
Chipping from an uneven lie requires a different technique than chipping from a flat lie. 2011 PGA Teacher of the Year Mike Malaska shows how to chip the ball straight at the flag from uphill, downhill and sidehill lies.
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Using your hybrid around the green
Short irons shouldn't be your only choices when your ball is near the putting surface. PGA Professional Mark Sheftic shows how a hybrid can be less risky and more effective in knocking your ball close to the pin.
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Set it and forget it
Hitting good pitch shots on a consistent basis can really help your score. PGA Professional Rob Labritz shows how to set up to the ball and make a swing that'll result in perfect pitches every time.
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Making pitch shots simple
When you're too far from the green to chip, it's time to hit a pitch shot. PGA Professional Chip Sullivan explains what clubs to use and what the keys are to stopping the ball close to the flag every time.
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Chip with a Hybrid to Get Up-and-Down Lesson
Learning how to chip using a hybrid can be a valuable addition to your short game. Learn when and how best to execute this shot from PGA Professional Kim Verrecchio.
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Chipping off Sidehill and Downhill Lies: Easy Instruction
Learn how to chip off sidehill and downhill lies around the green with 3 easy steps from PGA Professional Kim Verrecchio.
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Improve Chipping off Thin or Tight Lies Around Green
Learn how to improve your chipping off tight lies around the green from PGA Professional Kellie Stenzel, who offers simple instruction for hitting this key shot during your round.
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Flop Shot or Bump and Run? Strategy and Instruction
Watch golf instruction for how to choose between a bump-and-run or a flop shot. PGA Professional Holly Taylor explains the strategy and tips for how to be successful at both shots.
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How to Hit Flop Shot like Phil Mickelson Instruction
Wanna learn how Phil Mickelson hits his flop shot? PGA Professional John Webster explains the key fundamentals to hitting this shot.
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A better golf stance for pitching
PGA Professional Wayne Defrancesco says a better stance will help your pitching.
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Case of the yips can affect even the greats, and can be tough to cure
WATERLOO – When it happens to Tiger, people notice.   Such was the case at the start of the 2015 PGA Tour golf season when Woods' erratic chipping at the Waste Management Phoenix Open had golf analysts using the words yips to desc
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Three tips for hitting the perfect bump-and-run shot
Need to chip the ball from off the green? If your course features large greens and ample run-up areas, don't automatically reach for the wedge. Instead, here are three tips to perfect the bump-and-run shot, which will get your ball down and running more quickly.
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Three tips to improve your half-swing shots
When PGA Tour professionals get into an "in between" yardage situation, they can rely on two things: knowing the exact distance of each of their wedges and hours of practice on the range.
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Developing Feel in Your Short Game
Too often, students will ask me what the best club is to use for a basic chip shot, for example.
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Lesson Learned: Short game in the rain
Not everybody has the short-game touch of a Matt Jones, who chipped in from more than 40 yards out Sunday to win a rainy Shell Houston Open playoff against Matt Kuchar.
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A Lesson Learned: Short Game means Big Results
In what's become somewhat of a tradition for me, I am writing "A Lesson Learned" for the Tournament of Champions event at Kapalua.
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Innovative ways to improve chipping
PGA Professional Thomas Troncoso, Head Professional at Chestnut Ridge CC, talks about what you should be seeing and hearing when hitting chips around the green.
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Tips to improve your pitching and chipping
Laird Small, Dir. of the Pebble Beach Golf Academy, offers help on how to pitch the ball consistently and successfully to improve your short game.
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Tips for chipping in golf
Brian Whitcomb, Director of Golf at Lost Tracks Golf Club in Bend, Ore., gives his best tips for chipping the golf ball. He explains the importance of chipping the ball one-third of the way in the air and then letting the ball roll the rest of the way to the hole.
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Hitting from the rough: How to determine your lie and shot
PGA Teacher of the Year Laird Small shows how to read the rough by demonstrating that the grass between club face and ball reduces spin and control of ball flight.
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