The Butch Harmon Short-Game Clinic

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Lesson 1: 30 to 70 Yards Out

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Lesson 1: 30 to 70 Yards Out
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OVERVIEW

A good short game will save you a ton of strokes. That might be one of the biggest cliches in golf, but for good reason: It’s true for players at every level. The pros play with freedom and confidence because they know that whatever short-game shot they get, they can hit it. In this video, No. 1 teacher Butch Harmon shows you the shots you need from 30 to 70 yards.

SWING THOUGHTS

On wedge shots, always accelerate through the ball
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With the wedges, avoid the fault of swinging back too far and decelerating at impact
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Nervous with the wedges? Play an 8-iron bump-and-run from 30 or 40 yards out
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Always focus on your target: Glance at the ball, but stare down your target
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On wedge shots, kick your back knee toward the target to trigger the downswing
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Commit to the hit on wedge shots—don’t try to manipulate impact
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DRILLS

Fix the Fall-Back

  • Practice hitting wedge shots with a ball wedged under the outside of your back foot.
  • This will keep your weight on your front foot and promote an aggressive, downward strike, rather than a weak swing where your weight goes back.
  • Focus on pushing off of the ball as you accelerate through the shot.
  • Transfer this feeling of starting forward and pushing forward to your normal wedge shots.
Lesson 2: Greenside Shots
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  • Pitching and chipping fundamentals
  • Developing your touch and distance control
  • The easiest way to hit the flop shot
  • Why you’re inconsistent around the greens

The Butch Harmon Short-Game Clinic

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Lesson 1: 30 to 70 Yards Out
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Lesson 2: Greenside Shots
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Lesson 3: Playing the Slopes
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Lesson 4: Bunker Shots
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Lesson 5: Putting
The Butch Harmon Short-Game ClinicINDEX
Lesson 1: 30 to 70 Yards Out
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Lesson 1: 30 to 70 Yards Out
  • How to fly it, skip it or roll it to the hole
  • Develop confidence from awkward distances
  • Avoid embarrassing chunks and skulls
  • Simple ways to control loft and roll
Lesson 2: Greenside Shots
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Lesson 2: Greenside Shots
  • Pitching and chipping fundamentals
  • Developing your touch and distance control
  • The easiest way to hit the flop shot
  • Why you’re inconsistent around the greens
Lesson 3: Playing the Slopes
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Lesson 3: Playing the Slopes
  • Reading lies and picking the right club
  • Adjustments when going uphill or downhill
  • How to make good contact from a sidehill lie
  • Butch’s No. 1 key: Level the playing field
Lesson 4: Bunker Shots
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Lesson 4: Bunker Shots
  • The basics for hitting high, soft shots
  • The one swing thought you can’t forget
  • Why you leave shots in the sand
  • Two brutal lies—and how to tackle them
Lesson 5: Putting
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Lesson 5: Putting
  • Lagging it close and making the short ones
  • Phil’s favorite putting drill: 30-40-50
  • How to beat your nerves on makeable putts
  • What made Tiger so clutch on the greens