Becoming a Short Game Wizard

The most important part of golf to practice is the short game. It’s the only element of the sport that can truly save you no matter the situation. Well struck wedges, bunker blasts, and consistently holed putts are the best recipe for lowering scores. It takes time to hone those skills though. Hours must be invested in developing the instincts of a short game wizard. There is no substitute for feel and only one way to find it. Through countless repetitions, a golfer can discover the different ways to make a ball dance. By developing a repertoire of pitch shots, strokes can be saved in a wide variety of ways. The same holds true for creating a confident posture with the putter. Short game gains begin as incremental improvements and then the most impressive results come all at once. After many attempts on the practice green and in play, the value of those reps start to compound. Before you know it, the short game becomes a noticeable weapon in the war against bogey. The better it gets the more you’ll seek to practice.


If you enjoy these daily stories, you might like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. It debuted earlier this Summer as the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.

-J

You Earned That View

When the ball sails through the sky and your eyes focus on the fast-flying orb, there is a feeling of calm that comes from confirming its direction. There is both pride and peacefulness found in delivering the ball to its target. It’s more than just appreciating the result of a particular swing though. The seasoned player quietly celebrates the success of each shot because they remember all the work and time it took to realize it. Achievements in golf are not measured on the scales of swings, holes, and scores — it’s the years spent crafting your game that counts most. Golf is for the patient. Dedication matters. The difference between good and great comes from devotion. Golf is a practice. You can never perfect it, but you can learn to play the game with great proficiency. It’s not easy, but the work is worth it. The payoff happens each time you find a fairway, hit the green, and hole a putt. That’s why you stare down each and every result. You earned that view.


If you enjoy these daily stories, you might like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. It debuted earlier this Summer as the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.

-J