Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Stop Getting The Don Bradman Award

By Darren

Short Game...The Importance Of The Short Game

By definition, the short game is a term that describes all shots made on the golf course from approximately 75 yards toward the hole, or the 'scoring distance'. When it comes to mastering your short game, the approach is about precision.

Your success on the golf course is largely determined by how good your short game is. Unlike other sports, your golf score doesn't rely solely on power, but rather by using your intellect, technique, and making the right decisions. You'll often hear golfers speak of their 'approach shots' which describes each swing made towards the hole, and must be carried out with the right speed and at the perfect angle.

Your short game must be mastered with the practice of making every shot count, in perfect order, with the right timing, and just enough strength to move the ball accordingly. Your initial tee off and then each shot towards the hole in succession can best be thought of from the analogy of a jet airplane.

Initially, a jet takes off with as much force, power, and distance needed to become airborne. However, when it is time to reach its destination, the jet (just like the golf ball), must coast in with pinpoint accuracy, perfect execution, the right amount of speed, and fly perfectly to the landing zone.

The Shots That Make Up The Short Game

The swing-types that typically make up your short game include the pitch shot, chip shot, bunker shot, flop shot, and the putt.

Pitch Shot: Pitch shots are often used when trying to get the ball over an obstacle. This type of shot generally causes the ball to go airborne for at least 75% of its movement before hitting the green. 

Chip Shot: Chip shots only reach a small amount of loft, typically travel a small distance (measured in feet), and generally has a slow roll towards the hole.

Bunker Shot: As the term implies, the bunker shot is used to knock the ball from a bunker area. The average golf club used here is the sand wedge, causing the ball to fly high and land sharply near the hole.

Flop Shot: Flop shots  describe a ball that becomes airborne, flies practically straight up, and lands near the hole without rolling.

The Putt: The putt shot is the very last shot made in which the goal is to sink the golf ball into the hole.