Improving your golf short game is something that can make a huge difference to your overall game. As a beginner, the goal is to simply make contact with the ball in the correct spot every time, as this gives the best chance of hitting the sweet spot in your approach to the hole.
As you progress and become more comfortable, you’ll also start to put more of a premium on accuracy. As a result, this makes it even more important that you work on your shorter game in order to continue improving your overall game.
Here are a few tips on how to improve your short game so that you can maximize your game.
Try to keep your hands in a relaxed position
If you feel that your hands are tense when you hit the ball, you are likely to catch the ball high and tight on the club face, causing the shot to deflect off to one side or miss the hole altogether. Instead, try to keep your hands a relaxed position when you are hitting the ball.
By relaxing your hands, this should result in you swinging the club a little faster and therefore leading to more momentum. As you learn to relax your hands when you strike the ball, you will also develop muscle memory, which means that when you miss the ball, it will drop into the correct spot. This should give you a more consistent hit.
Use your feet to aid your movement
As you learn to improve your short game, the real key to success is making sure that your body moves correctly and smoothly. To do this, make sure that you start to use your feet to propel you forward.
When you place your feet a little further apart, you will allow your legs to act as impulsion instead of resistance. Make sure that you keep your spine still and ensure that you don’t bend your knees as you move to the ball. This will allow you to work on improving your balance, so that you’re able to control your movement while standing still.
Use the right length of club
When you are developing your short game, you will eventually reach a point where you are close to touching your front foot with the back foot. This is called “heel” contact. Once you reach this point, try to keep your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart.
As a result, you will be able to get a good reach for the ball without having to swing out too much with your club face.
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