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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PGA Professional Rob Labritz says there is an easy way to hit crisp pitch shots: "Set it and forget it."

 

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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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Golf chipping tips: Using proper loft when chipping around the green
PGA Professional Mark Sheftic corrects a common mistakes amateurs make with their chipping game.
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Putting or chipping from the fringe of the green
PGA Master Professional John Hughes offers two different ways to play your ball when it lies on the fringe just off the green.
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Tips to help your short game
TNT's Craig Sager wanted to dramatically improve his game, so he went to the PGA Golf School in Port St. Lucie, Fla. PGA Professional Eric Hogge gave him some help on improving several aspects of his short game.
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Golf chipping drills: Improve chipping with Flamingo Drill
PGA Professional Chris Case shows you how to use the Flamingo Drill to improve your chipping game.
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Chipping out of a bad lie
PGA Professional Quinn Griffing demonstrates how to best get your ball out of a bad lie near the green
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A better golf stance for pitching
PGA Professional Wayne Defrancesco, Director of Instruction at Woodmont CC in Rockville, MD, says a better stance will help your pitching.
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A drill to help make short putts
It's no secret that under pressure one of the most nerve-racking golf experiences is the 4-to-6-foot putt.
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The best chipping drills for consistency
The most important idea in chipping is to swing the clubhead at a descending angle, with the clubhead behind the hands. At impact, the shaft and body must be leading towards the target. The hand and wrist action should be minimal. Imagine the clubhead is shoving the ball into the ground.
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No Peeking When Chipping
Many players lift their head too soon when chipping because they are eager to see where the ball is going, or they try to help the ball into the air, which causes them to look up too soon. This leads to very inconsistent contact.
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No Swaying while Chipping
When chipping, most of your weight should remain on your front foot and your lower body should remain very quiet throughout the stroke. However, a common tendency is to sway during the stroke and that leads to inconsistency. Try this drill the next time you practice your chipping:
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No Peeking When Chipping
Many players lift their head too soon when chipping because they are eager to see where the ball is going, or they try to help the ball into the air, which causes them to look up too soon. This leads to very inconsistent contact.
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A Lesson Learned: Pitch out of thick rough
The purpose of 'A Lesson Learned' is to find the one shot or type of shot that helped determine a winner at the week's feature event and use it as a way to help YOUR game. But what shot do you pick this week? Just kidding.
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A Lesson Learned: Chipping when wet
Once again, inclement weather plays a part on the PGA Tour - this time leading to a Monday finish. One of the beauties - and challenges - of golf is that it's an outdoor game. Wind, heat and rain are all part of what makes this great game such a great challenge.
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