Archive for December, 2011

Do you have a Pre-shot Routine for your Short Game?

By: Tenna Merchent on December 23rd, 2011

Beginners normally like to simply walk up to a putt and attempt to hit it in. It is more efficient to have a short pre-shot routine for your putts. There are several different ways to approach this, the important thing, if you are an amateur, is to keep it short.

As you walk up to the green, look at the way the green slopes, and imagine what you think is the natural break in the green. If you envision how water would flow downhill on the green, that can make it more clear. A simple approach is to stand behind the ball, looking towards your target. Picture in your mind how much you think the ball will break as it rolls towards the hole.

Now stand over your ball. Look at your ball, then the hole, and back to your ball. Picture the ball going in the hole as you pull your putter back, and strike the ball. Now watch the ball, hopefully it went in, but if it did not, look at where it stopped and how it moved in relation to the hole. If you are on a practice green, hit another ball until it goes in the hole.

And always hit the ball in the hole, no gimmies. Putting represents over 40% of the strokes you will make during your round, so it is worthwhile to have a consistent, short, and effective pre-shot routine for your short game. It will definitely pay off.


What is the Goal with Golf Practice?

By: Tenna Merchent on December 22nd, 2011

What are you trying to achieve when you go to practice? Is it to lower your score, or simply burn off steam? If it is to burn off steam, by all means go out and whack your driver, but if it is to lower your score, it requires more.

The three most important clubs in your bag are your putter, your driver, and your chipper, in that order. An average of 43 percent of the strokes you make in a game of golf will be putts. The next highest is your woods, at 25 percent, followed by 13 percent chipping, 10 percent irons, and 5 percent hazard shots.

If you go to a professional golf tournament, the touring pros warm up on the driving range with their wedges, and progress through a few of their clubs before they hit their driver. And they ALL spend time on the putting green.

You will also notice the pros are not making changes to their swing on the day of a tournament, they are simply practicing, and getting warmed up. On the day of a tournament, they need to be playing without thinking about it.

So when you go to practice, ask yourself, “What is the goal?”