Golf Short Game

  • Boo Weekley Chipping and Pitching Tip

    Written by Boo Weekley on Wednesday 18 March 2009

    And it comes from that fun-loving, big-hitting US Ryder Cup hero Boo Weekley. Big Boo can belt the ball miles but surprise, surprise he’s not offering you a power tip to gain more distance with your ‘big dog.’ He wants you to concentrate on improving your chipping and pitching, insisting: “The most important tip I can give to your readers is practice...

  • Short Game Tips To Save Par

    Written by Josh Zander on Thursday 12 March 2009

    If the best players in the world hit only 12 or 13 greens a round in regulation, how many are you hitting? The reality of golf is that you’re going to miss a lot of greens. But when you do, there’s still a chance to save par if you have a good plan and the confidence to execute it. When...

  • The 30 Yard Hop And Stop

    Written by Hugh Marr on Tuesday 10 March 2009

    This impressive 30 yard hop and stop golf shot – where the ball skips once before pulling up dead by the pin – is not just for tour pros. Start by understanding that the spin is generated by quality of strike, not angle of attack. Club: Your most lofted wedge Rhythm: Crisp, and ‘hitty’ Key concept: Hit forward, not down Set-up Address the ball...

  • Seperate The Preperation From Execution Chipping Lesson

    Written by Niclass Fasth on Thursday 29 January 2009

    Being in the bubble chipping lesson… A mental tip I find useful with chipping is to separate the preparation from the execution. If you do that successfully, you’ll find that you can be much more relaxed over the ball and will be less likely to worry about where it goes. Let me explain.   For any chip shot, your first task...

  • Annika Sorenstam Flop Shot Instruction

    Written by Annika Sorenstam on Friday 23 January 2009

    To hit a flop shot, you have to maximise clubface loft at impact. For a start, use your must lotted wedge; mine IS a 60 degree. Choke down an inch for control, and play the ball up, just inside your left heel. Don’t push your hands in front of the ball at address – you’ll deloft the clubface. The swing should...

  • Pitching Drill Using Headcovers

    Written by Dan Frost on Monday 19 January 2009

    If you struggle with your pitching try this pitching drill… Place a headcover under each arm pit. This will give you some connection and improve your distance control. TG Top 12 Teacher Dan Frost demonstrates how keeping headcovers under your arm pits will give you a consistent ball flight and that all-important distance control with your pitching.

  • Chip and Run Drill

    Written by Lee Scarbrow on Monday 24 November 2008

    When playing a chip and run shot we are encouraged to try and help to get the ball in the air. However, quite often the back of the left hand collapses and instead of helping to get some height on the ball, it ends up skimming along the green. A great way of curing this fault is to use two clubs as a...

  • Stop Yipping Chips

    Written by Dan Frost on Monday 10 November 2008

    Do you struggle with the yips when you play chip shots around the green? If the answer is yes then there’s a really simple drill you can use to erradicate this horror shot. It’s called instinctive chipping. TG Top 12 Teaching Professional Dan Frost demonstrates how chipping balls with a free-flowing action will rid your game of the yips. Watch the video...

  • Chipping Distance Control

    Written by Dan Frost on Monday 10 November 2008

    One of the common questions golfers ask is how to control the distance of their chips. The answer is very simple: just use your instincts. TG Top 12 Teaching Professional Dan Frost demonstrates a very simple drill where you throw a ball to the hole to improve your touch and feel around the greens. Watch the video tip now.

  • Learn to Love the Sand

    Written by Brannen Veal on Monday 10 November 2008

    Most professionals will tell you that they don’t mind finding their ball in the bunker at all. Yet most amateurs feel that they have been punished if they have a sand shot. The difference is that professionals have a very sound set-up and swing technique that makes bunker shots easy. Sea Island Golf Resort’s director of instruction Brannen Veal demonstrates the fundamentals...

  • How to Play a Flop Shot

    Written by Brannen Veal on Monday 10 November 2008

    Many golfers believe that the flop shot is a special shot that only tour professionals can pull off. The reality is that it’s really not that difficult, anyone can play it. The secret is to use a lofted club and move the ball position forwards in your stance. Sea Island Golf Resort’s director of instruction Brannen Veal demonstrates how to play it.

  • Imagination Around The Green

    Written by Brannen Veal on Monday 10 November 2008

    The best golfers in the world all have one thing in common: they all have an amazing imagination around the greens. The key thing is don’t be scared to try different shots. Whether you’re 10 foot or 50 foot from the pin don’t necessarily play the obvious club you use to chip or pitch. Any one of the clubs in your...

  • Pitch Towel Drill

    Written by Dan Frost on Monday 10 November 2008

    Accurate pitching is all about controlling the distance your shots travel. The main reason golfers struggle to control the distance of their pitch shots is because the body and the arms don’t move in sync. TG Top 12 Teaching Professional Dan Frost has devised a very simple drill using a golf towel under your arms to improve the synchronisation of your swing.

  • Hit Down Pitch Control

    Written by Dan Frost on Monday 10 November 2008

    The most important rule of ball striking is to make a descending blow, catching the ball then making a divot. This action will give you a powerful penetrating ball flight and make distance control easy. TG Top 12 Teaching Professional Dan Frost uses a simple technique of missing a club placed behind the ball on the ground to help you improve your...

  • Spin Pitch Shots

    Written by Dan Frost on Monday 10 November 2008

    There’s a simple rule to getting your pitch shots to spin and stop – all you need to do is strike down on the ball. Where most amateurs fail is in the angle of attack. Instead of hitting down, the club approaches the ball on a too shallow path. This leads to two faults. Either the hands try to help the shot into the air...

  • How To Avoid The Fluffed Lob Shot

    Written by Scott Cranfield on Tuesday 16 September 2008

    A lob shot is an extremely fun shot to play. If you can pull it off it feels great. Most golfers fluff lob shots because they stand too open at address. A sand or lob wedge has sufficient loft already not to need to be opened up massively. By standing squarer to the target and keeping your centre of gravity low...

  • How To Avoid The Thinned Chip Shot

    Written by Scott Cranfield on Tuesday 16 September 2008

    The thinned chip shot that shoots across the green takes your confidence away and leads you facing another chip again! Thinned chips are generally the result of too much tension in the arms which transfers through to the hands and robs you of rhythm. I’ve devised a very simple throwing exercise to free up your swing and help you judge distance far...

  • How To Avoid The Fat Chip Shot

    Written by Scott Cranfield on Tuesday 16 September 2008

    Fat chip shots are the result of the club decelerating into the ground behind the ball. You take a big divot and the ball travels nowhere. There’s a really simple practice drill you can do to learn to use the sole of the club correctly so that it glides across the grass rather than digging in. Watch this short game video instruction...

  • Three Key Points To Great Chipping

    Written by Scott Cranfield on Wednesday 3 September 2008

    If you can chip dead or even better in during a match then it can seriously swing the balance of your game. There are three key points to great chipping. TG Top 12 Teaching Professional Scott Cranfield demonstrates the most important points and explains how easy it is to chip in. Watch this Ryder Cup Matchplay special golf instruction video and you too...

  • The 40 Yard Approach Shot

    Written by Dan Frost on Tuesday 15 July 2008

    Dan Frost demonstrates four ways to play the 40 yard approach shot using four different clubs to show you how imagination, variation is quite different when we start to play links courses. The four clubs used to play this shot are: Rescue club; 7 iron; lob wedge; putter. Watch this short game golf tuition video above to help improve your 40 yard approach shot.

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