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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A Lesson Learned: Mickelson's mastery of the pinestraw nets him third green jacket
The shot of the week in this year's Masters (shot of the decades?) was from champion Phil Mickelson; an artful threading of a 6 iron between two trees and over Rae's Creek on the par 5, 13th hole.
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How to Play Uneven Lie
2011 PGA Teacher of the Year Mike Malaska demonstrates how to play from an uneven lie, a very common spot around Kiawah's Ocean Course layout.
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Using your hybrid around the green
PGA Professional Mark Sheftic demonstrates how easy and effective it is to use your hybrid around the green.
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Chipping out of a divot
PGA Professional Bill Murchison demonstrates how to chip out of a greenside divot.
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Set it and forget it
PGA Professional Rob Labritz says to hit crisp pitch shots, 'set it and forget it.'
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Uphill Chips and developing feel
PGA Professional Quinn Griffing talks to you about developing a feel for your chip shot.
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Chipping Cure
PGA Professional Rafael Floriani offers some advice on improving your chipping techniques.
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Better chipping technique
PGA Professional Ryan Benzel shows you how to tighten up your stance and improve your chipping.
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Ball against the collar
PGA Professional Chris Case lets you know how to hit your ball cleanly when it's resting against the collar near the green.
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The quick stop chip
PGA Professional Ryan Benzel shows you one technique to stop your chip shot quickly to a short-sided pin.
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Playing proper percentages
PGA Professional Simon Anders offers advice on how to save strokes by playing smarter from tough situations
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Developing a short game
I am a 5 handicap golfer with a big problem. My shortgame is totally underdevelopped compared to my long game. In fact, Its quite terrible for someone of my caliber despite the 5-6 hours per week that i devote to practice the short game. 80% of my ractice time actually.
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The Bump and Run
This is the time of year where we move from a "dormant" bump & run around the greens mentality to a "growing season" pitch or flop shot.
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Four Short Game Shots
Often players choose a more difficult shot than is needed.  Here are four shots in the order in which you should think of playing them.1. Putt the ball whenever given the chance.2. Hybrid Putt when the distance from the pin is too great to putt with a putter.3. Chip shot (a
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Tight Lie; Short Shot
A pitch short or short chip shot from short grass or a tight lie can be a challenge even for the very best players. Make a few practice swings and brush the ground in a way you would do it if the ball was there.
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Short Game, Short Game, Short Game!
With over 60% of your strokes coming from inside of 100 yards, it is essential that you spend a proportionate amount of time on your short game as you practice. You should devote most of your short game practice to putting and chipping.
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Learn to Lean Forward
The most common thing that causes poor contact in shots around the green is the hands and wrists trying to scoop the ball in the air.  The scooping action results in punishing shots that are bladed over the green or hit fat and fall short of the target.  The scooping action of your h
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"Bladed" and "Bellied" Wedge Shots
When your ball is lying a few from the green and you feel that a chip or pitch shot is not the right choice, try using the "Bladed" or "Bellied" wedge shot.  Simply choke down on a wedge so it hovers slightly above the middle of your ball.  Use a normal putting st
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Short Game Ball Position
Here is a way for a right-handed golfer to remember where your ball should be played.  If you want the ball to roll play it off of your right foot.  If you want your ball to be lofted into the air play it off of your left foot.
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Short Game, Short Game, Short Game!
With over 60% of your strokes coming from inside of 100 yards, it is essential that you spend a proportionate amount of time on your short game as you practice.  You should devote most of your short game practice to putting and chipping.  These two shots make up the majority of your
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