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#1 LCGALBERTA

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 01:28 AM

Hey everyone,

What are your favourite short game drills or practice methods? I am trying to put more time into my short game.

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 10:50 PM

I like to head to the practice green w a range bucket, set it up about 20-30 yards away, and try to chip into the basket.
For drills I like to alternate chip and pitch to the same landing spot. Also like to open and close stance just to feel the edges so to speak.
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Posted 11 June 2018 - 02:30 PM

I'm blessed to have a great facility.  Empty my shag bag full of ProV-1 out around one of the practice greens, move around and hit little pitches/chips to the flags,  Repeat as needed.

Also because of the facility I have there are lots of opportunities to play alone and drop a few balls around the greens to hit.

I do both as much as I can.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:47 AM

My standard drills are nothing out of the ordinary, but I had some real eye-openers from some odd drills I go back to occasionally as needed:

> Put down a construction laser line.  Chip to get the ball starting on line (care less about what happens after that)

> Have the laser line run up my impact screen (so that it's running along the ground and up the screen).  Hit longer chips and short pitches into the screen, seeing how well I can keep them online.

> I continue the above for my standard open-faced pitch.  I open the face the amount I want and hit pitches at the screen, tweaking my body alignment until the ball goes 'straight'.  That was the biggest eye-opener for me, because my alignment on open-faced pitches was way-off, and inconsistent in both my body alignment and face openness.  It was akin to first using the Eyeline putting mirror for me.  Major recalibration.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:40 AM

Short game has been my nemesis for a long time. Some days I'm pretty good, others I stink.

I've found that going to a practice green and chipping repeatedly gets me in a groove when I feel good about my chipping. But it never translates well for me into real course play.


So for me, I get my best practice going out in the evenings and chipping from multiple lies around the greens. Gives me the best sense of real leaves and I also don't give myself the same lie twice.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 09:23 AM

I have recently started doing a couple things which seem to help.  One makes you concentrate on contact while the other adds some fun.

If you have bermuda rough try hitting chips and pitches on opposite sides of the practice green.  You should get lies into the grain as well as down grain.  Club interaction with the turf can really affect the shot so getting clean contact is very important.  Those into the grain shots are very unforgiving. Other grasses present unique challenges as well.  Explore all the non-ideal lies as recommended in a previous post. Properly handling the most difficult lies is a great way to save strokes.

A fun drill (for me) is seeing how many up N downs you can get using your wedge only.  So you chip 5 balls then see how many you can hole on the green with your wedge. This will really get you focused in on speed and line. Even 2 footers get testy if you are putting with a wedge.  Also putting with a wedge can improve your strike precision with putter and the odd bladed wedge from the collar you might need to execute.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 11:07 PM

I practice my distances with putting and chipping.

5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 feet for putting and then for chipping 10 to 50 yards in 10 yard increments. I usually hit one golf ball for each distance for the putting part. For the chipping usually around 5 each distance. If you have a short game area at your course, that would be great.

In this way, I would develop a feel on the kind of stroke I will do when I play on the course. So far it worked. It improved my up and down % by more than 10%. I used to be around 20% or less, now I average around 30%. Still a long ways to go but it's getting better. I would say I have become mechanical when it comes to judging the distance and it may not work for everyone, but for me it did wonders.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 01:02 AM

I started chipping from all sorts of miserable lies I found around the practice green. A bit frustrating and not that great fun but educational. The next step would be to get one's shoes full of sand and do the same thing from a bunker.
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Posted 13 June 2018 - 08:00 AM

For chipping, I have a ball tube with 12 balls. I hit a variety of chips and pitches from various lies with both my 54 and 60. I focus on assessing where i need to land the ball to get it close and then just focus on hitting that spot, over and over and over and etc.

I practice short sided shots where I pitch short of the green and let it run out, I hit flop shots of varying lengths. I hit varying open face pitches with my 60 (the only club I open the face on). Then I get in the bunker and hit 30 or 40 bunker shots with both the 54 and 60. In the range I hit varying length shots with the 54 and 60. I'm lucky to have a range that has a short game tee with pins from 50 to 100 yards.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 08:05 AM

In my backyard I chip and pitch to 5, 10, 15, and 20 yards in random sequence.  Hitting to a different distance every single time.  I mow my grass fairly short and hit normal, low with a bounce, and flops to each stick I push into the ground.

On a practice facility with a real green, chipping and pitching to a downhill and/or shortsided pin will do more for your short game more quickly than anything else I'm aware of.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 01:24 PM

Trail arm only and get trail shoulder forward.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 05:27 PM

View PostMonteScheinblum, on 13 June 2018 - 01:24 PM, said:

Trail arm only and get trail shoulder forward.

Wrong thread?

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 05:54 PM

I saw something on Peter Finchs channel where he played 9 holes (I believe) and on his approach shot, if he wasn’t within 5ft he would move the ball off the green the length that he was away from the hole.

So if you were 20 feet away, you’d come straight back off the green 20 feet and work on your up and down game. Seemed like a great way to practice on the course if you had that opportunity.
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Posted 13 June 2018 - 06:12 PM

View Postgetitdaily, on 13 June 2018 - 05:27 PM, said:

View PostMonteScheinblum, on 13 June 2018 - 01:24 PM, said:

Trail arm only and get trail shoulder forward.

Wrong thread?

No

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 06:59 PM

View PostMonteScheinblum, on 13 June 2018 - 06:12 PM, said:

View Postgetitdaily, on 13 June 2018 - 05:27 PM, said:

View PostMonteScheinblum, on 13 June 2018 - 01:24 PM, said:

Trail arm only and get trail shoulder forward.

Wrong thread?

No

Trust the answer!


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 11:46 PM

I think I have found the greatest drill ever haha.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:17 AM

View PostLCGALBERTA, on 13 June 2018 - 11:46 PM, said:

I think I have found the greatest drill ever haha.

https://youtu.be/nt6_u_lef0Q

Haha....yeah, good luck doing that in sight of the clubhouse! :)



Of course, it's actually super easy if you open the face a bit and use the bounce. The club won't dig at all if you do it correctly.

I was out the other day helping a partner understand that concept of how to chip simple and easy and I casually dropped a ball and did just that. It didn't occur to me until I was walking back to the cart...oh, shoot....that probably seemed really cocky to a guy who doesn't quite realize how simple that little shot actually is, LOL.

Edited by MelloYello, 14 June 2018 - 07:18 AM.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:35 AM

Session planning wise -- Best short game practice is to take different clubs and fewer balls out.  Take 4 balls and move around the green to hit multiple shots.
Occasionally, chip to the same target with a few different clubs.  Challenge yourself with high soft shots, low spinners and everything in between.

Find some gnarly rough and practice those too, not just the perfect lie, grain going with you type stuff.

Technique wise, if you're working on something it may benefit you to haul out a shag bag ... but there will usually be others out there as well.  Don't be the guy with 40 balls scattered all over the place

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:47 AM

It really depends on what facilities you have.

One thing you can do anywhere is chip. Just chip a million balls to a million holes, long and short. Eventually you'll establish a feel for line and distance.

If you have a place to pitch or hit bunker shots, that's wonderful. Take advantage of it. I love to idea of holing out with your wedge. See how many you can get down in two using your wedge as a makeshift putter.

A lot of wegde play has to be practiced on the range though. Pay attention to ball-flight. Make sure your wegdes aren't getting too high.
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 08:20 AM

My friend and I started playing "horse" (although we call it something entirely different and crass, but the concept is the same!) for both putting and chipping/pitching, and it has been the single best thing for my game that I have ever done.

We have 2 versions - spelling the word out, and a points system.  

For classic Horse, we each putt a ball to any hole Player 1 selects.  Then it's Player 2's turn.  The closest to the hole wins the letter.  The same applies for chipping/pitching.  The player that wins the letter selects the next location.

For the Points system, Player 1 selects a hole and putts 2 balls to it.  Player 2 then does the same.  The closest to the hole gets 2 points, 2nd closest gets 1 point.  It's possible for a player to get all 3 points.  If you make the putt, that counts as 3 points, so the most points you can get is 5 (hole-out ball and closest). The same applies for chipping/pitching.  We play either 9 or 18 hole matches.  As with Horse, the player that wins the most points selects the next location.

Typically we try and find the biggest breaking putts or pitches, but anything around the green works.  It has really, REALLY improved my scoring over the years and taught me how to be crafty around the greens.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 03:54 PM

I drop 32 balls round a green at about 8 points of a compass with a bit of bank, rough and fringe and randomly walk from one ‘station’ to the next. You get all sorts of lies, slope, grain, angles.

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