Beginner’s Guide to Golf Part 6 – Shortgame / 100 Yards And In
Before you can even think about putting the ball, which was described in the last part, you usually have to get it on the green with the so called short game. You can basically consider every shot from a 60 yards in to be a short game shot. Some even say that shots from 100 yards away are short game shots. The basic shots you need to know are the pitch, the chip and the bunker shot. Obviously the closer you are getting to the pin the more accurate your shots have to be. Whereas the tee-shot with the driver can stray to the left or the right a couple of yards without any big problems your short game shots must be exact in distance and direction if you want to score well.
That’s why you shouldn’t neglect your short game especially if you are a beginner. Divide your practice time at least 50/50 between working on your long game and short game. Don’t be one of those golfers who spends a day on the range and wonders why he can’t get the ball on the green from 100 yards in.