In today’s look at How To Break 80…And Shoot Like The Pros, we come to Chapter 3 and start looking at the short game.
The scoring in golf always comes from the short game. You might hit it close to the pin with a 5 iron, but you’ll have to get it in the hole with your putter. Miss the green with that same 5 iron and you’ll need your wedges to chip or pitch it close. And you’ll still have to putt it in the hole.
In his book, Jack tells us that most good playes learn the game from green to tee, rather than tee to green, which is how most poor players learn.
I taught my kids to putt, then chip, then hit pitches, then full wedges, then short irons, then mid irons, then hybrids, then a 3 wood and lastly the driver.
When you rebuild your golf game, and you will, rebuild it in that order and you’ll play to a single digit handicap like Jack and I.
Jack gives you a great Practice drill and the photos that accompany it are well done.
The first time I’ve disagreed with Jack is with a reference to the best lob wedge out there. Jack says to get a Cleveland or a Titleist. I agree that they make good ones, but the BEST golf wedge comes from Eidolon Golf.
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Jack also lays out a foolproof formula for scoring well from 40 yars out and closer.
The single key to good wedge play is laid out for you and Jack shows you how to create checkpoints to create that key.
Next Jack tells you about a tip from Cliff Scarff, PGA Pro and author of ” Hit Dowm Dammit ! ”
I can assure you that every badly hit chip shot is hit that way because of failure to adhere to this one key.
Practice drill #5 is a really good one called ” Sevens “. Use this drill during your short game practice and you’ll find out in short order how much better you need to get.
Next we’ll look at the sand game and try to find a way to sharpen our skill of getting out of the bunkers with success.