When Close Is Good Enough In Golf

Over the past 45 years of golf, I have hit approximately 150,000 golf shots. Some were great, some were good, many were okay and a bunch were…..well, lets just forget about those 😉 There were many of those times when I hit a shot where close was good enough. This does not mean that I was not trying to sink the ball, but being satisfied with the results is all part of my game. I do suggest that hitting the ball close on certain occasions is definitely a good enough result and I am sure you can think of certain situations when this true for our game as well.

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Golf Drill: Short Side Chipping

Golf is a funny game. The more we want to succeed, the more challenging it becomes. There are many approaches to improving our games, so I have decided to take a proactive approach this year and practice areas I know will offer the most benefit to my goal of being a scratch golfer. These practice sessions are not a result of poor play (although I do make minor adjustments when things are not going well), but in areas that I know I need to strengthen.

Yesterday, I went to my local practice area to work on my short side chipping. As a benchmark, I consider anything under 10 yards to be the short side. My reasoning is that a delicate chip shot (closer than 10 yards) is required at least once a round. It is a shot I need to perfect to make sure my up and down percentage remains high and my scores go low. Continue reading