GOLF DIGEST SCHOOLS

The Short Course to Lower Scores

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Lesson 1: Self-Tests

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Good guesses are not good enough when it comes to figuring out where your short game needs help. In this video, teacher Devan Bonebrake walks you through a battery of simple performance tests that will put you on the fast track to a better short game—and lower scores.

SWING THOUGHTS

On short putts, set the face square, then return it at impact
On long putts, focus on distance over direction
When chipping, favor your front side for solid contact
When pitching, rotate through with the club to maintain loft
Lesson 2: Short Putting
2 Lesson 2: Short Putting
  • How to start the ball on line
  • Perfecting your grip and setup
  • Drills for improvement

The Short Course to Lower Scores

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Lesson 2: Short Putting

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Putting from short distances requires a perfect setup because the stroke is too short to make up for faulty address positions. In this video, Devan Bonebrake discusses the key setup factors and a few stroke reminders, then shares some drills that will get you making all your shorties.

SWING THOUGHTS

Aim the putterface down your intended start line
Grip so the puttershaft is an extension of your lead forearm
Control the putting stroke with your big muscles
Return the face to square at impact for an on-line roll
Lesson 3: Lag Putting
3 Lesson 3: Lag Putting
  • How to get the distance right
  • Fixing common stroke issues
  • Drills for improvement

The Short Course to Lower Scores

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Lesson 3: Lag Putting

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Long putts are all about feel—a developed sense for how to get the ball to cover a desired distance. Here, teacher Devan Bonebrake looks at the key stroke mechanics that boost feel. The ability to adjust your stroke to handle various distances is a key to developing touch.

SWING THOUGHTS

For longer putts, make a longer stroke at the same pace
Strike the center of the putterface for an efficient roll
Make your putting stroke equal lengths back and through
Keep your tempo consistent throughout the stroke
Lesson 4: Chipping
4 Lesson 4: Chipping
  • How to control the run
  • Addressing contact faults
  • Drills for improvement

The Short Course to Lower Scores

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Lesson 4: Chipping

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The chip is a running shot for situations that do not require you to carry an obstacle or stop the ball fast. In this video, Devan Bonebrake demonstrates the setup and swing keys for solid, consistent chipping. Get comfortable with the chip, and strokes will start falling off your card.

SWING THOUGHTS

On chip shots, play the ball back, and lean to your front foot
In the chipping setup, stand close to the ball, feeling tall
Don’t push the handle way forward on chips; slightly ahead of the ball
Use your body turn, not just your hands, to power the chip shot
On chip shots, keep your lead wrist firm through impact
When chipping, feel your arms and chest moving together
Lesson 5: Pitching
5 Lesson 5: Pitching
  • How to increase trajectory
  • Syncing up the arms and body
  • Drills for improvement

The Short Course to Lower Scores

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Lesson 5: Pitching

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The pitch is a lofted shot that lands softer and runs shorter than a chip. The higher flight and longer swing make it more complicated, so use it with discretion. Here, Devan Bonebrake gives you all the basics on pitching, including practice drills to groove mechanics and build feel.

SWING THOUGHTS

On pitch shots, center the ball, and set the shaft straight up and down
When pitching, favor your front foot, and level your shoulders
Hit down slightly on pitches—no trying to help the ball up
Think of the pitch as a mini-swing: Hinge back, pivot through
Keep your grip pressure light on pitch shots

The Short Course to Lower Scores

Lesson
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Lesson 1: Self-Tests
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Lesson 2: Short Putting
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Lesson 3: Lag Putting
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Lesson 4: Chipping
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Lesson 5: Pitching
The Short Course to Lower Scores INDEX
Lesson 1: Self-Tests
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Lesson 1: Self-Tests
  • Short putting: face control
  • Lag putting: distance control
  • Chipping: along the ground
  • Pitching: up in the air
  • Short putting: face control
  • Lag putting: distance control
  • Chipping: along the ground
  • Pitching: up in the air
Lesson 2: Short Putting
2/5
Lesson 2: Short Putting
  • How to start the ball on line
  • Perfecting your grip and setup
  • Drills for improvement
  • How to start the ball on line
  • Perfecting your grip and setup
  • Drills for improvement
Lesson 3: Lag Putting
3/5
Lesson 3: Lag Putting
  • How to get the distance right
  • Fixing common stroke issues
  • Drills for improvement
  • How to get the distance right
  • Fixing common stroke issues
  • Drills for improvement
Lesson 4: Chipping
4/5
Lesson 4: Chipping
  • How to control the run
  • Addressing contact faults
  • Drills for improvement
  • How to control the run
  • Addressing contact faults
  • Drills for improvement
Lesson 5: Pitching
5/5
Lesson 5: Pitching
  • How to increase trajectory
  • Syncing up the arms and body
  • Drills for improvement
  • How to increase trajectory
  • Syncing up the arms and body
  • Drills for improvement