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Short Game Lessons

Many instructors that give short game lessons will say that the short game is any shot within 100 yards of the hole location. The challenge with this is that there are juniors, ladies and senior golfers that 100 yard shot is still a full swing for them. Maybe the short game is all shots from within 60 yards of the hole for you. Each player needs to define this for themselves. With this being said, the fundamentals of short game shots will remain the same. These shots from off of the green include a chip shot, pitch shot and a lob shot. You should determine which one to play in this order:

Chip Shot 
A simple definition for a chip shot would be a shot that rolls farther than it is in the air. A lower trajectory, you must first place the ball back in your stance with sixty percent of your weight on your left foot for right-handed golfers. This will seem odd at first. Depending how low you need to hit the shot this could be as far back as the big toe on your right foot for a right-handed golfer. Also, insure that your hands or grip are by your left thigh. This will lean the shaft towards the target and de-loft the club face otherwise, turning your sand wedge into say an eight or nine iron. For a short shot from just off the green just make your putting stroke and allow the grip end of the club to return the head of the club head as it was at address. In your finish position, make sure that your grip is in front of your left thigh for a right handed player and be able to hold your finish position there for a count of three seconds.

Pitch Shot 
A simple definition for a pitch shot would be a shot that flies in the air longer than it is on the ground. A medium trajectory, place the ball in the middle of your stance. As you look down at your hands, the grip end of the club should be just in front of the ball. For a short shot from just off the green just make your putting stroke and allow the grip end of the club to return ahead of the club head as it was at address. In your finish position, make sure that your grip is in front of your left thigh for a right handed player and be able to hold your finish position there for a count of three seconds.

Lob Shot 
A simple definition for a Lob shot, which is also known as the flop shot would be a shot that flies all the way to the target and stops. To get a high trajectory, place the ball in front of the center of your stance. The grip end of the golf club should be pointing at the middle of your body. You will notice that the more the grip end of the club moves towards the center of your body the club will look like that it has more loft on the face. For a short shot from just off the green, you will need to create some more club head speed to allow for the extra loft on the club face. Insure the grip end of the club to returns equal to the club head as it was at address. Again, you should be able to hold your finish for a count of three seconds.

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