For many golfers, finding a groove on the range only to quickly lose it can be frustrating. You’ve hit a bunch of sweet drivers in a row before your tee time, but when it’s time to do it for real, that old pattern rears its ugly head, sending your ball into the trees or worse.
Short shots around the greens can be demonizing for weekend golfers, and sometimes can even jump up and bite the best of the best out on the PGA Tour. As coaches, we’re always running through checklists to prescribe a change to a student’s form; one that will make the largest positive impact, in the shortest amount of time. In fact, many times it’s a very simple, though integral fix to change their shotmaking ability around for the better. Take a look at these three highlighted areas, and figure out which one is holding you back from hitting those crisp, predictable short shots time after time.
One of my favorite swing “keys” is to imagine a pop can or a wet sponge underneath your front foot. As you approach the end of your backswing, think of crushing the can or squeezing the water out of the sponge. If you’re still struggling to find ball then turf contact, put a little more weight into the can/sponge at address. This added forward weight at address will help “prime” your downswing move, while ensuring you’re not swaying too much off the ball into the backswing.