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CHIP AWAY AT YOUR SCORE!
If you are a good ball striker and putt well, you might see even better numbers on your card if your short game stats improve. Knowing what to do depends on where you are around the green.
First, if you can putt, always putt. If the grass is too high in front of your golf ball, simply use a club that will lift the ball over it. This is a chip or a “putt with a flying start”. Pick a landing area and fly the ball to that point, allowing the ball to release and roll to the flag. Experiment with a couple of different clubs to figure out the carry/roll ratios.
As you move away from the green, you need more carry. With more carry and a slightly longer swing, comes a faster moving ball. Additional loft will help the ball come to a stop easier on the green. A pitch and run shot with your wedges will create the cushioned landing you need to keep the ball on the green.
As you move away from the green, your shot may go from chip to pitch and run to cut lob depending on how much green you have to work with and how far away you are from the flag. This long swing/fuller shot will hold the green if you have high trajectory.
Work on your artistry around the green and you will chip away at your score!
Deb Vangellow is the Director of Instruction at Sweetwater Country Club in Houston. She is a two-time LPGA Central Section Teacher of the Year (2002 and 2009), an LPGA "Top 50" Teacher, a Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine "Top Teacher", a US KIDS GOLF "Top 50 Kids Teacher", and was continually featured in the now retired Golf For Women Magazine as a "Top 50" teacher. Deb serves as the National Vice President of the LPGA Teaching And Club Professionals and is a lead instructor in the LPGA National Education Program. An educator/coach who offers wellness based developmental programming integrated into her "student centered" philosophy, Deb can be reached at 281-980-4100 X296 or online at www.debvangellowgolf.com.