Short Game Drills

by JL Lewis on February 9, 2012

The importance of the short game in golf is severely underrated. During a normal round of golf there will be at least ten opportunities to get up and down from inside 100 yards. Golfers at the PGA TOUR level have an average conversion rate to get up and down (to hit the ball on the green and make a one-putt) of 60% for the top players in the world playing their best. For an amateur to reach their playing potential, they should look for the answer in the short game.

The best way to prepare the short game for the upcoming season and keep it sharp during the year is to follow a routine that I have found to produce lower scores. Since every golf hole ends up with a putt, devote 50% of the short game practice to the following putting, chipping, and pitching drills. This is such an important aspect of the game that the first quarter of 2012 will be devoted to sharing my favorite short game practice drills. Incorporating these drills into your routine can produce amazing results.


Practice putting 40, 50, and 60-foot putts until you have made twenty putts from these distances.


Drop balls in different locations.  Chip with a 6-iron until three shots are holed out. Repeat this drill with an 8-iron and a pitching wedge. I call this the “Three with Three Chipping Drill”.


Practice with a sand wedge and play the ball forward in the stance, then in the middle of the stance, then in the back of the stance.  This develops trajectory control which is essential for being able to fly the ball the correct distance in the air on pitch shots.

These drills are time consuming and I recommend spending no more than 90 minutes per session, two to three times per week. You will be amazed how your scores immediately improve.  My book,  Golf Tips from the Tour: Pocket Pro, Tour Proven Secrets Revealed, has many more tips like the ones above and is a great guide to a consistent practice routine and golf score improvement.

Stay tuned for the next blog post with more short game drills!

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Brian Potratz February 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Good luck at the Allianz.

The guys at Dick’s Sporting Goods will be following your progress thru the tourney.

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