How to Improve Your Short Game

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A golfer can improve her short game, meaning chip shots, pitch shots, sand shots and putting, by learning how to vary ball position in relation to a stance. Discover ways to get cleaner strikes in a short game with help from a Class A member of the PGA of America in this free video on improving the short game in golf.

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Hi this is Kevin Battersby with battersbygolf.com in Coconut Creek, Florida. In this clip I'm going to show you how to improve your short game. When you're talking short game to me you're talking about chip shots, pitch shots and sand shots. Clearly nearly 50% of your shots sometimes can come from your short shots in addition to your putting but we're going to focus on chips and pitches and sand shots. What you want to do is learn how to vary your ball position in your short game in your stance. For a right handed golfer when you are chipping or pitching the further I have the ball to the right, I'll actually put the ball down on the ground and show you with my foot stance, the further the ball is to the right of my stance the cleaner the contact I'm going to get because the club is going to come down and catch the ball and then the turf. If you are playing in Florida or any area that has a hybrid Bermuda grass which we have down here it's considered a tight lie. This ball positioned to the back will give you a much cleaner strike, much more spin and then able to have the advantage of being able to stop the ball sooner. In addition if it is a bad lie like that it is going to give you a deeper divot which will catch the ball and then the grass on this side of the ball giving you much cleaner contact. If are playing up North you can move the ball officially more forward. You can move it more to the center of your stance. Now it is under my spine for a right handed golfer and the club handle is just slightly in front. This won't give you quite as much strike down the ball but then again if I'm playing on a grass that has got higher turf and tuff to it I don't need as deep a strike. Then there is another ball position which is forward in my stance for a right handed golfer, more towards my left heel. This being known as your lob shot. Very defensive, the club now leaning slightly backward, adding a little bit of loft to the shot and the club actually coming down and catching the grass first and then the ball with kind of a scooping action. When you are using three different ball positions that I have discussed here it is going to help you encounter bad lies, different terrains, wind and all sorts of conditions that you will need to facet into your club selection when you are picking your shots. This has been Kevin Battersby showing you how to hit better short iron hits and to score.

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