Making sure you hit the green with your short approach shots (9iron and wedges), may sound like a no brainer, but you’ll be amazed at just how many greens are missed by players of all levels with these clubs. I often ask players how confident they are at hitting the green with a short approach iron and the resounding reply I get is ‘very’, but the stats don’t always back up that confidence. Sucker pin positions have to be taken into account. Trying to play straight at a pin that’s tucked away, even with a short iron will cost you shots. Inevitably, you will occasionally miss the pin on the wrong side and ‘short side’ yourself leaving an impossible chip shot.
The average 12 handicap player Up & Downs 30% of the time and has 1.9 putts per Green in regulation. This adds up to an average score of 3.9 on every par 4 that GIR is achieved. For every green he misses, he will lose on average 0.7 of a shot and will average a score of 4.7. This all adds up to a loss of 0.8 of a shot for every green that is missed in regulation.
So, in summary, when you have a short approach iron in your hands, make sure that you get the ball on the green. The top players in the world will play slightly to the safe side of a sucker pin, just in case the shot doesn’t come off, and so should you.
This session will include valuable handouts that will help you with your short game practice going forward.
Second Scoring Zone Clinic on Approach Shot . Thursday July 28th at 11:00am $30.00 per person (Including Tax)
REDUCING 3 PUTTS
The putter is the most important club in your bag. It’s the club that you use more often than any other club. A hot putter is what makes a champion. The physical aspects of putting look simple, but every player knows that putting is more than just a physical task. The mechanics of putting must work in combination with a player’s visual skills, powers of imagination, and level of confidence. The mental art of putting is the true challenge in putting. Putting, more than the long game, is a test of a player’s emotional stability and patience.
The human factor is what makes putting so challenging. Our emotions, feelings, and thoughts are what brings a new dimension to a simple physical task. Just a bit of tension or fear can throw off the best of strokes. A flicker of doubt can cause a golfer to be tentative or steer the stroke. Trying too hard to make a putt can cause a player to tense up and leave a putt three feet short of the hole. And when not putting well, players search for “the secret” to making putts. These players switch to a new putter, change their technique, or alter their putting routine.
In this one hour, one day session, you will be given the opportunity to learn the proper fundamentals of the basic stroke and swing motion associated with putting and lag putting. This session will include valuable handouts that will help you with your short game practice going forward. Space is limited so sign up asap.
Third Scoring Zone Clinic on Reducing 3 Putts on Thursday August 25th at 11:00am. $30.00 per person (Including Tax)