The other day I was speaking with Marion Walker, instructor at the Jane Frost Golf Academy on Cape Cod. She commented on how she had recently met a new student who was looking for some help with his golf game. He complained that his game was not going well.
“The last time I played, I couldn’t chip or pitch at all. I was going nowhere fast.”
The ironic thing was that the new student had not asked to meet Marion at the chipping practice area. Instead he was down on the driving range hitting long balls as hard and far as he could off the tee.
“So practicing with your driver is going to help your short game?” Marion asked.
It really is a mystery how so many golfers think that driving the ball will cure their short game problems. Sorry, but the reality is that most of the game of golf is played within a 100 yards of the green. As Michael Breed declares in this short video, the tour players who are out there, working for a living spend at least 70% of their practice time on the short game! Hitting chips and pitches and practicing your putting is no where near as dramatic as hitting 250 yard drives off the tee, but if you want to improve at golf, getting better at the short game is your best bet.
So there’s no excuse—no matter the weather. Here are some short chipping drills to try when you can’t get outside.
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