Finding time to practice one's short gameby James Fish on 07/03/13
Everyone wants to shoot lower scores. Nothing new there. But how many of us are really willing to practice our chipping, pitching, sand game and putting on a regular basis?
How many shots do most of us golfers lose each and every round due to laziness and sloppiness in these areas..? I would venture to think at least between 4 and 6 shots per round. If we spent half as much time working on our short game as we did our long game, we would probably notice a big difference in our scores sooner than later. Maybe because working on our lag putting or the three to four foot putting is not as sexy as trying to bash a drive 300 yards. So my advice is this; for every ten minutes you spend on the range working on your woods or irons you should spend at least five minutes working on your short game. Why are Touring pros so good? Not so much because they can drive the ball 300 yards but rather because they have learned how to get up and down in the process of recovering from bad shots. We all hit bad if not terrible shots from time to time but by thinking "recovery" and having built a solid practice routine around our short game we can begin to shift the tide of tragedy into the art of mastery. It is the practice of this delicate art which separates the pretenders from the contenders.