The more I read, the more I am convinced I am on the right track with my approach to golf. I talk (sometimes too much) about the importance of the short game and guru’s like Bob Rotella continue to reinforce my thinking.
“Everything that happens from the tee to that 120-yard range is almost insignificant compared with what happens thereafter.” ― Bob Rotella,
It is interesting as I think about those 18 words; I have shaped my approached of golf with this in mind…..always. Any time I am asked on how a person could improve they score, I suggest working on the short game, starting from the green outward.
This suggestion is not taken well because many amateurs want to hit their driver first and then the other clubs. Most of the time it is just ego and I can honestly say I fell into that trap in the past. But not anymore, short game focus is king in my books.
Here is a great stat from Golf Digest:
When was the last time you practiced your short game? You know, really practiced beyond just rolling a few putts before teeing off on No. 1? This year, pick a putting drill and commit to practicing it before or after every round for 15 minutes. And really work on those four-footers. Columbia professor Mark Broadie writes that a 90-golfer makes 84 percent of his/her three-footers (a scratch golfer makes 93 percent), but just 65% from four feet, while a scratch golfer converts 80 percent. Those putts just outside the gimme range can add up quickly.
This is an amazing stat and one I live all to painfully. I also think that understanding how to properly use wedges works. I talked about playing with better golfers two years ago. Brook, whose handicap was only 3 points lower than mine, was a smooth and steady player. However, I could not match his wedge play during our round. It was wonderful to watch and he reminded me that I needed to practice my short game more.
Well, I could go on and on, but I think you get my point. If you want to score low, you need to work on your short game. Of course, I believe that having a solid swing is important and needs attention, however your short game is where you will save the most strokes if you are a 90+ player.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!