In last week’s video and blog I spoke about the evolution of your golf club design and specification, in particular how the loft on your Pitching Wedge has changed dramatically. In order to create the increased distance now being advertised manufacturers have greatly reduced the loft on your clubs as well as make the shafts longer. When we come to play pitch shots around the green, especially from the rough your Pitching Wedge is no longer the club to reach for. In this week’s video you will learn a quick and easy system to match your decision making/shot selection to the length of the grass you are playing from. If you have trouble controlling the flight and distance you hit your short pitch shots then this lesson could really help save shots every round.
The short game is a set of skills built on decision making. A pitch or chip shot demands that you can look at the situation you face and select the correct club to deal with the lie of the ball and the terrain between your ball and the hole. Distance to the hole, slope or elevation change, lie of the ball, distance from the edge of the green to the hole, distance from your ball to the edge of the green are all things which influence the shot. The most skilful short game players are able to make these decisions quickly and easily, allowing them to select the correct club for the shot they face. This decision making is something you CAN practice. If you have an area where you can practice your short game try this exercise. Take 6-8 balls and randomly throw them over your shoulder, wherever they lay you play them from. Experiment with different wedges/lofts, it will soon become apparent which club/loft makes a shot easier or more difficult. If a shot doesn’t work after 3 attempts then the chances are it is not the correct shot to play.
As winter draws nearer and our golf becomes more limited by daylight and the weather it is a great time to take stock of your golf game this season. Has your handicap gone up or down? If you have played poorly or inconsistently what are you going to do to change that trend?
A review and a winter plan is something I would encourage all of you to do, as Einstein said
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result”
If you are nervous about lessons then send video of your swing to us via the Swing Analysis Tab at the top of the page. It’s simple and easy to use and was recently called “The best £10 you can spend on your golf game” by one user.
Use your mobile device to video your swing, download the V1 Golf App and register on the Swing Analysis page. You can then send your swing from the App directly to the Academy and a complete analysis and lesson will be returned to your e mail.
Find out what your swing tendencies are and set yourself on the road to better golf.