The Ultimate Guides: Short Game

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Lesson 1: Making Solid Contact

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Skill No. 1: Making Solid Contact
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OVERVIEW

Hitting greens in regulation is arguably the most challenging part of the game for most amateurs. This means most players must rely on their short games to try to save pars and shoot lower scores. One of the most basic parts about having a strong short game starts with making solid contact with the ball. A skulled or chunked chip can quickly turn a potential par save into a double or triple bogey. In this video, Golf Digest Best Young Teacher Corey Lundberg shares his simple keys for making consistent strikes.

SWING THOUGHTS

For ball-first contact on greenside shots, set up with your spine vertical and over the ball and shift your weight and the club’s handle slightly forward
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On greenside shots, your swing path will affect contact. Don’t take the club too far inside or to the outside
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Around the green, feel the sole of the club gliding off the grass; no digging
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DRILLS

Swing path

  • Stick two alignment rods in the ground a foot apart and directly behind you, like field goal uprights
  • Swing the club straight back between the rods for proper swing path
  • If you go too far inside or outside, you’ll hit a rods and know your path is off

Face rotation

  • Put on a golf glove
  • When you take the club back a few feet, if the logo of your glove is pointed down, your clubface is too closed, and the club will tend to dig at impact
  • To avoid this, let the clubface open going back so the logo is pointed up. This will allow the club’s bounce to glide along the turf at impact
Skill No. 2: Controlling Trajectory
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  • The two keys to varying loft
  • Learn to pick the right club every time
  • How to adjust for different shots
  • Develop a simple shot process

The Ultimate Guides: Short Game

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Lesson 1: Making Solid Contact
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Lesson 2: Controlling Trajectory
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Lesson 3: Developing Touch
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Lesson 4: Taking it to the Course
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Lesson 5: Starting Putts on Line
The Ultimate Guides: Short GameINDEX
Skill No. 1: Making Solid Contact
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Lesson 1: Making Solid Contact
  • Learn the keys to consistent strikes
  • Simplify your chipping technique
  • What is bounce—and why it matters
  • Stop hitting chunks and skulls
Skill No. 2: Controlling Trajectory
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Lesson 2: Controlling Trajectory
  • The two keys to varying loft
  • Learn to pick the right club every time
  • How to adjust for different shots
  • Develop a simple shot process
Skill No. 3: Developing Touch
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Lesson 3: Developing Touch
  • What the great feel players know
  • The concept of swing symmetry
  • Dialing in the right amount of swing
  • The best drill for distance control
Skill No. 4: Taking it to the Course
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Lesson 4: Taking it to the Course
  • How to handle different lies
  • Master the art of clue collection
  • Learn to make good decisions—quickly
  • When to add steep or shallow
Skill No. 5: Starting Putts on Line
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Lesson 5: Starting Putts on Line
  • The one variable you have to get right
  • How to develop a reliable stroke
  • What to focus on over the ball
  • Drills to build your confidence