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Pre-Shot Routine Tips
Hitting a good golf shot begins even before you hit the ball. If you watch the pros, you may notice that many of them go through a “pre-shot
routine” before hitting off the tee. This routine can vary from person to person, but the goal is to focus on the shot mentally and aim for
consistency by starting off with the same motions and thoughts for each shot. A pre-shot routine can begin from the moment you take the club
out of the bag. Notice the contour of the fairway and the position of the pin, as well as any conditions such as wind that may affect the shot.
Align the shot by choosing an intermediary target about 2 feet from the ball, and make sure your club face and your body are aligned to the
target line. Check your grip, posture and ball position, and take a relaxed practice swing. Now you should be ready to hit a shot with distance
and accuracy. While it might be more fun to smash long drives and hit pure irons from the fairway, the best golfers know that the most strokes are saved around the greens. Mastering chipping and putting on the practice greens can save valuable strokes on the course and lead to better results on the scorecardChipping and putting are performed around the green, with a slow, controlled movement designed to get the ball rolling
quickly. Being a successful chipper and putter requires deft touch, which can be improved with practice and drills on the putting green.
The swings for chipping and putting are fairly similar. Each swing follows a pendulum motion with the arms, wrists and hands moving in
concert. When you swing the club back on both a chip and a putt, the distance of the take-back and the follow-through should be the same.
Neither a chip nor a putt requires a big swing. Once the ball is struck, you should briefly hold the follow-through.
Using Putting Style for Chipping
Using Putting Style for Chipping
When the golf ball comes to rest on the fringe around the greens, you can choose to either chip or putt. You should consider the conditions
around the shot when choosing to chip or putt. If there is a significant amount of fringe between the green and the ball, you should choose to
chip the ball. If the ball is resting close to the green, and the shot isn’t too long, it may work better to putt the ball. Also, the conditions of the
ground between the ball and the green could influence your decision.
To help develop touch with chipping and putting, try this drill on the putting green. Either imagine or create a 3-foot circle around a hole with
golf tees. Then practice hitting long putts or chips toward the hole with the goal of getting the ball to stop within the circle. Getting the ball
consistently close to the hole on chips and putts will lessen the chance of three-putts and increase the frequency of pars.
Putting is done with the putter, while a variety of clubs can be used to chip the ball. If you want the ball to get rolling quickly, you can chip the
ball with a 7 or 8 iron and play a bump and run shot. If you want a little more arc, a club like a pitching, sand or gap wedge can be used from
Putting & Chipping Greens
Before you even hit your first shot you need to stretch your back, shoulders, legs and arms for serval minutes before taking a club out of your bag.Loosing your body prevent the chance of a swing related injury. After you have stretched properly grab a wedge take a couple of swings with the wedge .Practice swings continue to loosen you body. Hit a number of shots with your wedge , focusing on proper stance and. Hand placement on the grip, backswing and follow through. Avoid racing through shot after shot. Instead, approach each shot as though you’re on the golf course and the shot is important. Rushing yourself at the driving range can produce bad habits. Move through your irons from high to low. Next, select a hybrid club if you have one and then your woods from high to low. Note your distance with each club; knowing this information helps you select the proper club when playing on a course. Most driving ranges have yardage markers set up at 50, 100, 150 and 200 yards. Use these markers to your advantage as you hit each club. Hit at least 10 balls with your driver, noting the distance and trajectory of each shot. If you
struggle hitting your driver, the driving range is the ideal opportunity to improve your
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