More often than not people get obsessed with the tiny details of their golf swing and never really start to focus on their game.
Fortunately that won’t be you if you use some of your practice time on each of following four shots. These are the golf shots that hold your game together and keep your scores low.
And despite all the fuss about the longest drive or nearest to the pin ego trips – the game of golf is still about who has the lowest score after 18 holes?
If you can focus your practice time equally on each of these shots I guarantee you that your scores will go down.
If you read through each one of them you’ll realise why.
These golf shots help you to eliminate penalty strokes (from out-of-bounds or lost balls), three putts and missed chipping opportunities – which are the worst enemies of all golfers.
First Shot To Practice: Greenside Chip Shots
If you are able to chip the ball comfortably into a three-foot circle around the hole your up and downs suddenly get a lot easier. With proficient chipping around the green you don’t have to worry too much if you miss your tee shot or your approach.
Usually practicing this shot makes a day and night difference on the overall score.
Always (and with that I mean always!) practice your greenside chipping when you are out to work on your game.
This skill has as much to do with touch and feel as it has to do with technique which is why you want to practice this shot at least a little bit whenever you have the chance.
The most important thing when you practice this shot is to vary your distances and lies. Practice from the rough, from a tight lie, from a good lie, close to the fringe, a couple of feet away etc.
If you do this regularly you gain the proficiency and experience to approach every up and down with confidence.
Here’s a great video by Mark Crossfield explaining the basic technique of a greenside chip. He makes it quite clear that its most important to chose the shot that’s easiest to you. Which usually is the shot where the ball is the least time in the air.