by Dan Rozek, PGA Teaching Professional @ Fox Creek Golf Club
It has been said that putting is ½ the game. And that is basically true. Yet when you observe most golfers, they are far more concerned with practicing and taking lessons on the full swing. The average golfer could benefit greatly from working on their short game: putting, chipping and pitching to lower their scores. Sure we all want to hit it further and straighter and that is important, but we must learn to have the touch for the short game to score better.
Dr. Bob Rotella, a sports psychologist who works with many PGA Tour Professionals, says that when practicing, “you should hit twice as many wedges as you do drivers, and twice as many putts as you do wedges”. How many times have we hit two good shots and are just off the green only to make a score of bogey or worse, thus negating those great shots? Focus your practice on the short game to improve your scores.
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