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."

Top Short Game features

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

 

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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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Better chipping technique
PGA Professional Ryan Benzel shows you how to tighten up your stance and improve your chipping.
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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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End the Short Game Drama
Developing confidence in your short game is the key to a good short game. Practice makes perfect, but how are you practicing?  Players tend to chip, pitch and putt multiple balls from one location just trying to get it close.
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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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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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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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Quit Punishing Yourself - Learn to Lean it 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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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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"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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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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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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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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