The Best Techniques For Putting, Chipping, and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5, 10, Maybe 15 Strokes

Improving Your Short Game Is The Quickest Way To Lower Your Scores

Introduction

That's right! Depending on your skill level, if you spend the time and put forth the effort to improve your short game, you might cut as many as 15 strokes off your 18 hole score. I'm Gary Jack Palmer, and welcome to this mini-tutorial on the short game. I've played golf for over forty years, and somewhere along the line I realized that I just wasn't getting any better. It was clear that I would never become an overpowering driver of the golf ball or a precise striker of the irons. But as I reflected on my predicament, it occurred to me that most of my strokes weren't being delivered with my driver or irons. Most of my strokes were short game shots – putting, chipping, and pitching. And, that was the part of my game that I practiced very, very little. I had taken dozens of lessons over the years, but never a short game lesson. Suddenly there was light at the end of the tunnel. If I could significantly improve my short game, I could drastically lower my scores. Even if my ability to hit my woods and irons never got one bit better, I could still become a pretty good player.

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Short Game Fundamentals

The Best Techniques For Putting, Chipping, and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5, 10, Maybe 15 Strokes
Improving Your Short Game Is The Quickest Way To Lower Your Scores
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Introduction

That's the premise for this mini-guide on the short game. In these 25 pages, I present the very best techniques for putting, chipping, and pitching. Techniques that are easy to understand and incorporate into your golf game. Also included are 8 terrific putting, chipping, and pitching drills used by some of the best players in the world. If you master these techniques and drills, you will absolutely become a better player capable of shooting much lower scores.

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Chipping.The Best Techniques For Putting. 10. Maybe 15 Strokes Contents and Page Numbers Introduction Table of Contents Significance of the Short Game Introduction to Putting Putting Grips Putter Styles Putting Alignment Putting Drills Reading Greens Introduction to Chipping Chipping Fundamentals Chipping Drills Pitching Fundamentals Pitching Drill Summary 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 15 17 18 21 23 25 Gary Jack Palmer Golf 3 Short Game Fundamentals . and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5.

It was the only bogey-free round of the day. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. even for a touring pro. That's putting. So why are we always hitting drivers on the range and hardly ever spending time around the practice green? Depending on our skill level. and pitching from 100 yards or less. over 50% of our score comes from short game shots. You might think he hit nearly every fairway and green in regulation. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 4 Short Game Fundamentals . Maybe 15 Strokes The Significance Of The Short Game At the end of the first round of the 2007 Masters. 10. a statistic usually reserved for a 90+ shooter. Justin Rose was tied for the lead. On this day. He had a phenomenal round of 3 under par. Not exactly. Justin Rose hit only 5 of 18 greens in regulation.The Best Techniques For Putting. But Rose got up and down so well he took only 20 putts in his round of 69. Chipping. That is getting up and down at its finest. over 50%. Statistics tell us that in a round of golf. Wow. including 15 pars and 3 birdies. chipping. we can probably save 5 to 15 strokes per round by improving our play from 100 yards in.

To be comfortable and confident. Great putters always think they'll make the next one. Maybe 15 Strokes Introduction To Putting Belly putter or long putter. Chipping. Whatever your putting style.The Best Techniques For Putting. Your confidence is bolstered and your mind is freed from negative thoughts. 10. you must have a solid putting routine that gets you focused on fundamentals that produce positive results. cross hand or claw. blade or mallet. you might try something like this: ● Take a few relaxed practice strokes ● Place your eyes directly over the ball ● Set the putter face square to the target line ● Align your feet. So. hips. and shoulders parallel to the target line ● Look down the target line and visualize the ball rolling into the hole ● Look back at the ball and immediately putt Gary Jack Palmer Golf 5 Short Game Fundamentals . and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. after you read your putt. you must be comfortable and confident over the ball.

Claw Putting Grip Reverse Overlap Putting Grip Gary Jack Palmer Golf 6 Short Game Fundamentals . the Claw is the least familiar in golf. Of the two grips pictured below. Chipping. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. 10. and the Reverse Overlap is the most common. Either grip will allow you to swing the putter in a smooth motion while keeping the wrists from breaking. Maybe 15 Strokes Putting Grips You should select a putting grip that feels comfortable and natural.The Best Techniques For Putting.

10. Golfers suffering from this problem often change from a standard length putter to a long putter. and you may see significant improvement in your stroke. Standard Putter Long Putter Gary Jack Palmer Golf 7 Short Game Fundamentals . the long putter may enable you to swing the putter with a smoother pendulum motion. Even if you don't have the Putting Yips. That's when a golfer loses the ability to smoothly swing the putter back and through. The Putting Yips. a major obstacle sometimes arises. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. Chipping.The Best Techniques For Putting. Maybe 15 Strokes Putter Styles During the span of a player's lifetime.

try logo alignment. and use that instead of the logo.The Best Techniques For Putting. This set-up gives you the best chance to successfully roll the ball to the hole. try spot alignment. Below are 3 techniques that will help you stay aligned to the target. Chipping. This is normally an old ball mark or a discolored spot on the green. (1) To establish the target line. hips. (3) To ensure that the putter face is aimed down the target line. align the logo down the selected target line. Or. and shoulders parallel to the target line and their putter face square to the intended line. Pick a spot on the perceived target line a few feet in front of the ball. you can use a Sharpie to draw a straight line on your ball. Since this spot is much closer than the overall putting distance. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 8 Short Game Fundamentals . (2) Select a putter that has lines on the top to help you aim the face down the target line. Maybe 15 Strokes Putting Alignment The best putters align their feet. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. it is much easier to properly align to this intermediate target. 10. As an alternative to lines. Odyssey 2-Ball putters utilize two white discs that extend away from the putter face to facilitate alignment of your golf ball to the chosen target line. When you replace your ball after marking.

This drill will train you to keep your head still throughout the stroke. (1) Pick out a 6 foot putt on the practice green and lay down a dime. Stroke the ball and see the dime. which means your putter face has a greater chance of being square to the target line when you strike the ball. Maybe 15 Strokes Putting Drills In an 18 hole round of golf.The Best Techniques For Putting. We may never have the smooth tempo of Fred Couples or Retief Goosen. But we can certainly become a much better player by spending an appropriate amount of our practice time working on putting drills.1 stroke. because we love to smash our driver on the range. Chipping. Ironically. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. But do we spend 43% of our practice time on putting drills? Probably not. We may never be able to hit a monster drive like John Daly. Keep focused on the dime until you hear the ball go into the hole. Place your ball on top of the dime and take your putting stance. about 43% of our shots are made with our putter. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 9 Short Game Fundamentals . 10. a 3 foot putt and a 300 yard drive count the same . Here are 3 of the very best drills that you can practice.

You should see immediate improvement. replace the balls. Chipping. 8. Maybe 15 Strokes Putting Drills (Continued) (2) Place 5 balls in a straight line at intervals of 2 feet leading away from the hole. This sets you up for putts of 2. you should. 4. similar to what you might feel when you get on the course. Beginning with the 2 footer. you might be looping your stroke or moving your head. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. so you can go back and forth. a putt. 6. and start all over with the 2 footer. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 10 Short Game Fundamentals . 10. Pick 2 holes on the practice green about 20 feet apart. What do you think you would see if you put some impact tape on the face of your putter? You might be unpleasantly surprised. If you miss This drill adds a little bit of pressure and a sense of competition. (3) You've probably used impact tape on your woods and irons on the range. make every putt through the 10 footer. Stroke several of these 20 footers checking the impact tape from time to time. and 10 feet. If not. Try keeping your head very still and taking the putter back and through down the target line. If you aren't consistently contacting the ball in the center of the face.The Best Techniques For Putting.

and water hazards. But surrounding hills or mountains will definitely make greens slope in a certain direction. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 11 Short Game Fundamentals . Pay attention to the contour of the terrain. ponds. Look for lakes. Chipping. you don't have as much time to make the needed observations. well before you get to the putting surface. Maybe 15 Strokes Reading Greens You start reading golf greens about 100 yards out. From a distance you need to get a general lay of the land. When you're riding in a cart. 10. greens are usually built to slant from back to front. They will usually drain towards nearby water.The Best Techniques For Putting. Greens are built with drainage in mind. As a rule of thumb. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. This is much easier if you're walking.

Maybe 15 Strokes Reading Greens (Continued) Now we have reached the putting surface. Chipping. you can begin to determine the break of your putt. downhill. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 12 Short Game Fundamentals . Determine whether you are going uphill. Sometimes you can feel the slope with your feet better than you can see it. You should now have a pretty good understanding of the slope of the green. which is the slant or tilt of the green. terraced or relatively flat? Where is the low point of the green? If we poured water on the green. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5.The Best Techniques For Putting. which way would it run off? Walk from your ball to the hole. Is the green bowl-shaped. or sidehill. Based on that understanding. humped. and we need to consider the slope. 10.

10. if the grass appears light and shiny. the grain will have little effect. A putt against the grain will be slower and will break more. then the grain is with you. the grain will be a very significant factor. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. Maybe 15 Strokes Reading Greens (Continued) Now we need to consider the grain. A putt with the grain will be faster and will break less. Remember. If the grass appears dark and dull. Chipping.The Best Techniques For Putting. On some Bermuda greens. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 13 Short Game Fundamentals . grain will have an influence on both speed and break. the direction in which the grass tends to grow. Standing behind your ball and looking toward the hole. then the grain is against you. when reading golf greens. On some bent grass greens.

The weather can also dictate how greens are prepared. cut first in one direction and then cut again perpendicular to the first mow. This can be done in a couple of ways. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. Machine rolled greens have greater surface firmness. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 14 Short Game Fundamentals .The Best Techniques For Putting. which slows down the putting surfaces. smoothness. it is customary to increase the speed of the greens. During tournaments. Chipping. the greens superintendent may choose to leave the grass a bit longer. When there is a lot of rain. The greens can also be rolled. another factor that influences speed is the manner in which the greens are mowed and maintained. The putting surfaces can be double cut. which again leads to slower greens. mowing may be deferred. When it is very hot and humid. and speed. 10. Maybe 15 Strokes Reading Greens (Continued) Besides slope and grain.

chipping club selection is wide open. In the modern golf game. Chipping. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. the blades.The Best Techniques For Putting. Don't rely on just one club. The Sand Wedge was the only club choice for blasting out of green-side bunkers. Back in the day. last month. the Pitching Wedge was considered the right chipping club for playing short shots around the green. because it's something you can do at the practice green or in the backyard. Think what kind of scores you could shoot if you eliminated the skulls. And think how much better your putting would be if you were looking at six footers instead of 20 footers following your chip to the green. As green complexes get more and more challenging. 10. and the shanks. the chunks. Maybe 15 Strokes Introduction To Chipping When's the last time you practiced your chipping? Last week. They will commonly chip with irons from 5 through 9. the fats. the thins. getting the ball close to the hole becomes more and more important. It doesn't take a lot of time and the rewards are gigantic. plus wedges with lofts from 48 to 64 degrees. The best players will use everything from hybrid woods to a lob wedge to get the ball close to the hole. We waste way too many strokes by selecting the wrong chipping club for the shot at hand. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 15 Short Game Fundamentals . maybe never? That's crazy.

10. But there are exceptions to the rule. downhiller. Choosing the right golf club for the given situation is absolutely critical to short game success. Maybe 15 Strokes Introduction To Chipping (Continued) A better choice is to use the same basic chipping technique each time. So your emphasis should be on selecting a chipping club that will help you get the ball in the proper position to make a putt. but not many. Pick the right chipping club to put yourself in the best position possible.The Best Techniques For Putting. You master a single method (stance. and follow-through). alignment. you try to chip the ball as close to the hole as possible. then select a different chipping club depending on the height and distance you want the ball to travel. You're not going to make many chip shots. Chipping. Hopefully some. A 6 foot. but to choose a different chipping club depending on the distance you need to make the ball travel to the hole. uphill putt may be far more desirable than a 3 foot. straight. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. the chipping club you select will depend on whether you are: ● ● ● ● ● on the fringe of the green in the rough near the green in a deep green-side bunker on a bare lie going uphill or downhill Really good players consistently pick the best club to handle their lie. take-away. It's all about keeping it simple and consistent. ball position. breaking. Normally. Besides the distance. Assume you have 60 feet to the hole. 16 Gary Jack Palmer Golf Short Game Fundamentals .

A tendency of poor chippers is to allow the clubhead to overtake the hands. major cause of poor chipping is taking too long of a backswing and then decelerating the club at impact to prevent hitting the ball too far. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 17 Short Game Fundamentals . short backswing and then accelerate the club through impact. A The hands must lead the clubhead throughout the chip shot. Place your hands ahead of the ball. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. the hands should always remain in front of the clubhead. Keep the hands in front of the clubface throughout the swing. The ball should be positioned slightly towards your back foot. letting the loft of the club elevate the ball. causing a flipping of the hands in an effort to scoop the ball into the air. Take a smooth. Chipping. This set-up will produce a descending blow with limited hand and wrist movements. 10.The Best Techniques For Putting. That is. Maybe 15 Strokes Chipping Fundamentals Address the ball with most of your weight on your front foot.

stick a tee in the green where you think the chipped ball needs to land to roll close to the hole. too long. skulled. Go through the same process. Chipping. too short. On the course. So off we go. but way too many that are thin. Between the ball and the hole. then head for the first tee. hitting an occasional good chip. select your chipping club and pick out a landing target for your chip. or maybe even shanked.The Best Techniques For Putting. Using the 7 iron. How many strokes could we have saved if we had spent 30 minutes on chipping drills on the practice green? Get good at the four drills below and you will see your scores come tumbling down. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 18 Short Game Fundamentals . adjusting the tee as necessary. fat. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. This spot chipping drill should really help your touch and feel around the greens. you love to smash your driver on the range. Maybe 15 Strokes Chipping Drills If you're like most golfers. Then. try a few shots. hit a few irons. (1) Start this chipping drill with a 7 iron. That target could be a discolored spot on the green that simulates the tee. move the tee closer to the hole again and switch to your favorite wedge. Very few of us get to the course early enough to spend any time on the practice green. 10. Repeat until you can consistently chip close to the tee and roll close to the hole. Try to land the ball as close as possible to the tee. Now move the tee closer to the hole and switch to a 9 iron.

Consequently. First. you will be chipping with a descending blow and your hands will stay in front of the club face throughout the chipping motion. aligned off the toe of your back foot. Chipping. (3) The Descending Blow Chipping Drill is all about hitting down on the ball. This will give you a real sense of how far different clubs and swing lengths carry the ball. 10. Use different clubs and different distances. Simply lay the rug down away from the chipping area and try to land balls on it. Second. Maybe 15 Strokes Chipping Drills (Continued) (2) Grab your shag bag and an old rug or piece of carpet and head outside. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 19 Short Game Fundamentals . and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. From this position. This chipping drill teaches you to hit down on the ball with your hands leading the club face. put the ball back in your stance. This drill requires you to do 2 things in the set-up that will help you get the chip airborne consistently. which results in chips that fly consistently to their target.The Best Techniques For Putting. lift the heel of your back foot so only your toe is touching the ground. nearly all of your weight will be on your front foot.

Gary Jack Palmer Golf 20 Short Game Fundamentals . keeping your hands well forward in front of the clubhead. 10. Just your DRIVER. Make chipping swings. Chipping. Maybe 15 Strokes Chipping Drills (Continued) (4) You don't need a ball for this one. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. The clubhead won't reach the ground and the butt end of the driver will be resting against your side. Take your grip about half way down the shaft. Get into a chipping set-up with your driver. back and through.The Best Techniques For Putting. and you've got to log some serious practice time. For effective chipping. your hands must always stay in front of the clubface. you are forced to keep your hands in front of the clubhead. With the driver shaft against your side. Place most of your weight on your front foot.

Pitch shots are all about distance control. Chipping. On a pitch shot. a scaled down version of your full swing. 10. Most of us have some pitch shot because it is not a full swing. On a chip shot. A pitch is a shot difficulty with the be a full swing. or at least it shouldn't A golfer who uses his driver swing for a pitch shot is not going results.The Best Techniques For Putting. The basic set-up for a standard pitch shot is as follows: ● Feet about as wide as your hips ● Front foot slightly open towards the pin ● Ball positioned in the middle of your stance ● Hands slightly ahead of the ball ● Slightly more weight on the front foot A pitch shot is a mini-swing. Unlike a chip shot which spends most of its time on the ground. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. The through swing is a similar length to the backswing. the pitch shot spends most of its time in the air. For a right handed player. Maybe 15 Strokes Pitching Fundamentals Chip shots and pitch shots are totally different. not power. the backswing stops when your left arm is about parallel to the ground. the clubhead always stays below the hands going back and through. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 21 Short Game Fundamentals . to get very good that we play from 100 yards in. as in the image below. the clubhead rises above the hands.

The left arm is parallel to the ground and the butt end of the club is pointing at the golf ball. Maybe 15 Strokes Pitching Fundamentals (Continued) In the picture below we observe the proper position of the club at the top of the backswing. 10. the golfer turns through the ball so that his belt buckle faces the target. and his arms are again parallel to the ground.The Best Techniques For Putting. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 22 Short Game Fundamentals . From this position. Chipping.

and 48 degree clubs. For example. For the sake of this drill. you're going to be in between clubs way too many times. Beginning with the 60 degree. which is not a good thing. you might elect to carry the standard pitching and sand wedges. That's why many golfers have incorporated additional wedges into their bag. Determine the average distance that you hit the 60 degree. And with a 30 yard gap. That 8 degree difference equates to about 30 yards in distance between the clubs. Being “in between” clubs is a bad situation. Chipping. the pitching wedge and the sand wedge. while removing some of the longer irons. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. a pitching wedge has 48 degrees of loft and a sand wedge has 56 degrees. The distance chart you create may look something like this: ● 60 Degree ● 56 Degree ● 52 Degree ● 48 Degree 55 Yards 70 Yards 85 Yards 100 Yards Gary Jack Palmer Golf 23 Short Game Fundamentals . 52. Maybe 15 Strokes Pitching Drill Create a Distance Chart for Your Wedges Many golfers still play the game with two wedges. hit several balls using our mini-swing pitch shot technique described earlier. Normally. Repeat this process for the 56.The Best Techniques For Putting. and add wedges with 52 degrees and 60 degrees of loft. we'll assume we carry the four wedges mentioned above. 10.

The guy below has choked down on his club a little. you use the exact same swing for each shot. Chipping. And don't forget. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. and you know exactly which club to select from 55 to 100 yards. Maybe 15 Strokes Pitching Drill (Continued) Now your gap between wedges is a much more manageable 15 yards. and has shortened his swing so that his left arm doesn't quite reach parallel on the backswing. Gary Jack Palmer Golf 24 Short Game Fundamentals . 10. To hit shots from 55 yards in you can choke down on your club a couple of inches and shorten your mini-swing pitch shot a bit.The Best Techniques For Putting. These short pitch shots are like chip shots in that they are “feel” shots that require a significant amount of practice.

We may never be able to hit our 7 iron 200 yards. But I'm absolutely certain that golfers of all skill levels can develop good short games when they utilize the proper techniques and dedicate the necessary time to practice. Chipping. we tend to overlook the very area of our game that gives us the best chance for improvement. Depending on our skill level. I recommend that you visit xxxxxxx. Not all of us are capable of becoming a long drive champion. If you would like to explore the Short Game further. and pitching from 100 yards or less.The Best Techniques For Putting.com Gary Jack Palmer Golf 25 Short Game Fundamentals . 10. and Pitching 8 Drills To Lower Your Scores By 5. chipping. over 50% of our score comes from short game shots. That's putting. It's also the part of our game we tend to practice the least. we can probably save 5 to 15 strokes per round by improving our play from 100 yards in. Consequently. Maybe 15 Strokes Summary Statistics tell us that in a round of golf.