Being Blown About

When the wind picks up, those with a talent for getting the ball in the hole really shine. The short game matters greatly in any round, but especially when everyone is missing greens because of the howling breeze. Some players panic when the wind starts to puff while others see opportunities. There is no better equalizer than the wind and the player who can scramble tends to rise to the top. Imagination and concentration are both required to be successful with the scoring clubs — a truth most evident in a gale. The player with great touch and feel is at a tremendous advantage here. When many players become frustrated with the wind, the ones with a proper short game start seeing a path to victory. He who gets up and down conquers all.


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

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