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Short Game Techniques for Around the Greens

By: Adam Taylor

A major part of the game that professionals dedicate a lot of their time to practising is the short game. Even for us we are not going to always hit the green in regulation, therefore being able to chip and pitch well around the green is a must. For many of you, being able to practise this area is not always possible due to time and facility constraints. Many mistakes that l see, such as poor contact and distance control, can be traced back to the setup. In this edition of Golf Indonesia, l will demonstrate the setup of the three most common short game shots, and one that you might never have seen or tried before.

Chip and Run

Chip and Run

Chip and Run

 

Description - A shot that should be played more often by most players around the green is the chip and run. This involves hitting the ball a very short distance in the air and then the ball rolling along the green similar to a putt. This shot is the best option when your ball is close to the green or apron, and the distance to the hole along the green is much greater than your carry to the green.

Setup – Because this shot usually involves a short swing, we need a compact setup to control the length of the swing. The two main keys are keeping your feet close together, placing the ball towards your right foot (right handed players) for the best chance of making good contact, and having even weight on both feet. As with most shots in golf, the hands have to be slightly in front of the clubface as you make contact with the ball.

Clubs – Anything from a 6 iron if you have a lot of green to play with, through to a pitching wedge can be used to play this shot.

Pitch Shot

Pitch Shot

Pitch Shot

 

Description – This is best played when you need to stop the ball quite quickly after it first lands on the green, or if you have to carry the ball in the air for a longer distance, such as over a bunker or other obstacle that makes it difficult to perform a chip and run shot.

Setup – You can setup with both feet and ball position very similar to the chip and run shot.

Clubs – From a pitching wedge through to a lob wedge: depending on how far your shot has to travel and how quickly you want the ball to stop.

 

Flop Shot

Flop Shot

Flop Shot

 

Description – This shot is by far the most difficult of the three, and should only be played if you have very good control over your swing and contact. Also playing from a lie where your ball is sitting up in the grass as this makes it easier to slide the club under the ball. This will make it easier to get the ball up very quickly so it lands softly on the green, with as little forward roll as possible. A more advanced position is too open the clubface at address and keep it open through impact to increase the height further.

Setup – To get the ball up quickly, high and landing soft, a longer swing needs to be made. Because of this, you want to make you feet wider and place the ball slightly forward of the centre to maximise the shot height.

Clubs – Your most lofted club, such as a 56, 58 or 60 degree wedge

Rescue / Fairway Club Shot

Rescue or Fairway Wood

Rescue or Fairway Wood

 

Description – This is a great option if you are close to the green, such as the apron or in light rough, or if you are struggling with your chipping. This has also become a favored shot amongst many professional’s golfers because of how easy it is to play. Justin Rose successfully used his fairway wood on the 72nd Hole of the 2014 US Open to get up and down for his maiden major victory.

Setup – In a very similar way as you would setup for putting, only gripping down lower on the handle because of its length. Perform the swing as you would your putting action, the loft on the club gets the ball flying in the air for a short distance and then rolling along the ground the same as a chip and run. The added benefit of this option is you can worry less about the contact that is required with an iron.

Clubs – Any rescue and more lofted fairway wood clubs.

Hope these tips improve your game the next time you’re on the course. Good golfing.

About Adam Taylor

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Adam graduated from the Australian PGA as a full member professional with a Diploma in Golf Instruction in 2005. Having been based at Royale Jakarta Golf Club for the past two years, Adam has devoted his passion and knowledge of the game to improving players of all levels and ages. His instructional techniques have featured in several television golf programs and golf magazines. He looks forward to improving your game through Golf Indonesia Magazine and at Ancora Golf Institute, Royale Jakarta.

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