IT’S ALL IN THE SHORT GAME SAYS MASTER PRO AT THE CLUB AT BOCA POINTE

There are numerous catch phrases that golfers often use, such as:

“Drive for show; putt for dough” or “It is not how you drive, but how you arrive.”

“Those are but two of the many clichés that describe the importance of not only getting off the tee box, but how best to play the game,” says Buck Deibel, Director of Golf and a PGA Master Professional at The Club at Boca Pointe.

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the short game,” says Deibel. He explains, “No matter how long you drive or how well you hit your fairway woods, at least 45 to 50 percent of all shots are hit from 100 yards and in. The following paragraphs are some of the pitching and chipping pointers we use when teaching different shot game shots to the golf members at The Club at Boca Pointe.”

Chipping (A Shot Hit 2 to 4 yards from the Green)

Grip: Slightly weaker grip or putting grip.
Set Up: Neutral stance, neutral clubface, ball position middle of stance, handle of club slightly forward at address, and weight on left side. Keep lower body still throughout shot.
Distance Control / Backswing: Keep backswing about the same length (8 o’clock), control distance by changing clubs. Choose the club that will carry ¼ of the way to the hole (club selection dictated by how much green you have to work with).
Forward Swing: Hit down on ball. Keep right hand out of shot, finish low.

Pitch and Run (A Shot Hit Greater than 4 yards and yet Less Than 15 yards from Green)

Grip: Slightly weaker grip.
Set Up: Neutral stance, neutral clubface, ball position middle of stance, handle of club slightly forward at address, and weight on left side.
Distance Control / Backswing: Length of backswing will control distance along with club selection (club selection dictated by how much green you have to work with).

Club Usage:
SW – Carry (land ball) 2/3 of the way to hole
PW – Carry 1/2
9 iron – Carry 1/3
8 iron – Carry 1/4
7 iron – Carry 1/5
6 iron – Carry 1/6
5 iron – Carry 1/7

Backswing: Take club back by turning shoulders, it’s ok to have a slight hinge of the wrists as you take the club back, Keep lower body still.
Forward Swing: Let lower body move proportionate to arm swing on the forward swing. Strike ball with a descending blow, keep right hand out of shot (no flipping with right hand) and finish low.

High Pitch shot

Grip: Neutral grip, very light grip pressure.
Set Up:
Neutral stance, neutral clubface, ball position middle of stance, handle of club slightly forward at address, and weight equally distributed to slightly favoring left side.
Distance Control / Backswing: Length of backswing will control distance along with club selection (9 to 3, 10 to 2, etc., club most commonly used lob wedge or sand wedge).
Backswing: Take club back by turning shoulders and let wrists hinge, keep lower body still.
Forward Swing: Let lower body move proportionate to arm with swing on the forward swing. Remember hinge on backswing, unhinge at contact and rehinge on forward swing – strike ball with a descending blow.

According to Deibel, it will take some practice at the short game complex to master these techniques, but the effort will be well worth it as your score improves. Just like we use all parts of the course, from the tee box to the green, be sure to use all parts of the practice area. Golf is a funny game – your drive off the tee has the same stroke value as your 15 foot chip or 5 foot putt – so make the most out of your practice time for shorter putts and even more chip-ins to become part of your daily golf game!

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