How long do you actually stay focused during a short-game practice session? Be honest. Fifteen or twenty minutes in, and it’s tough to not find yourself haphazardly chipping at the green without choosing a target. So, what’s the easiest way to stay focused? Practice with a buddy, and throw in a little competition.
Luke Benoit, one of our Golf Digest Best Young Teachers, says that his favorite two-person chipping drill is an adaptation of "closet to the pin."
“Player A picks a hole and hits two shots at the hole from wherever he chooses,” says Benoit. “Player B then hits two shots from the same location. The closest shot of the four balls earns two points, the next closest earns one point. A make is worth four points. If you miss the green, you lose a point, unless you can chip that ball in from where it lies.”
Playing games like this is a great way to trick yourself into getting focused practice in. When you’re playing a game, you’re forced to hit different shots, think creatively, and deal with pressure. If that’s not good practice, nothing is.
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