Todays’ post is much shorter than usual because this topic is extremely simple but very important to a better short game.
IMHO, one of the most overused and abused pieces of golf advice is that which tells us to “accelerate through the ball.” Not that this is a bad thing—all teachers agree that the club should be on a constant acceleration from the start of the downswing to and through impact. But from my observation, the vast majority of golfers are taking the whole bottle of that advice, instead of just one or two pills.
Think of it like this. You pull up to a stoplight next to a little old lady in her 1988 Cadillac. You–being a young guy in your hot car–punch it when the light turns green and leave her in your dust. But she, who gradually pushes the accelerator and takes a full block to get back up to the 30 mph speed limit, also accelerated the entire way. That’s how I see the proper acceleration of the clubhead when you are chipping and pitching.
The short game is precision work, and when you do anything else in your life which requires precision . . . . you tend to work S- -L- -O – -W. The short game should be no different. If you throttle back your entire swing speed . . . slower backswing, slower transition, slower downswing . . . you will find that you can be much more precise in your contact and distance control.
Just a short practice session, even in your backyard, will show you what I mean. Take a few balls and see how slowly you can hit some short chips and pitches. Try to create a tempo that to you is going to feel like a turtle or snail. Slow-motion even. Practice swinging the club slower and slower and watch what happens. Then take that to the practice area at your course.
If you work on slowing down your entire tempo around the greens, you will be much more precise in your technique and results. The bonus comes from the fact that this new slower tempo will likely find its way into the rest of your game and all your shots will begin to get better.
I promise you.
Interesting Photos, Weekend Edition: 16 more equipment photos from the Shriners Open
The photos and associated stories GolfWRX captured this week at the 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas were terrific — and we had plenty of ingredients to offer a second course of our “interesting photos.”
That Las Vegas is one of the most photogenic cities in the world helped, too.
Below are some of our favorites we didn’t add to our Tuesday “Interesting Photos” article.
- Cameron putters – 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
- Bettinardi putters – 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
- Pat Perez test Sik putter – 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
- Fujikura Speeder NX – 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
- Callaway Apex UW – 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
- New Cameron Las Vegas covers – 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
- New Project X HZRDUS Smoke RDX shafts – 2021 Shriners Hospitals doe Children Open
- New Garson Quad Tour 17 grip – 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
- Rory Sabbatini – WITB (new Mizuno 223 irons)
- Rickie Fowler – WITB
- James Hahn – WITB
- Danny Willett – WITB
- Abraham Ancer – WITB
- Harry Higgs – WITB
- Ian Poulter – WITB
- Corey Conners – WITB
- Harry Higgs – WITB
- Matt NeSmith – WITB
- Doug Ghim – WITB
- Anirban Lahiri – WITB
- K.H. Lee – WITB
- Carlos Ortiz – WITB
- Seung Yul Noh – WITB
- Keith Mitchell – WITB (new Mizuno 221 irons)
- Francesco Molinari – WITB
- 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – Tuesday #1
- 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – Tuesday #2
- 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – Wednesday #1
- 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – Wednesday #2
- 2021 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – Wednesday #3
Here are a few of the most interesting shots from the Shriners.
Danny Willett – WITB & Prototype Toulon Daytona putter – won Dunhill Links last week at St Andrews – (see photos here)
Anirban Lahiri – WITB – (see photos here)
James Hahn – WITB & Cameron H-19 CT putter (see more photos)
Garsen – Quad Tour 17 grip – (see photos here)
Bettinardi putters – (see photos here)
Jason Kokrak – PXG Gen 4 Blacked out irons- (see photos here)
Matt Kuchar back to old faithful irons – (see photos here)
Rickie Fowler – WITB – (see photos here)
Pat Perez a testing SIK putter – (see photos here)
Spotted: 2022 Callaway Apex UW- (see photos here)
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