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THE SCORING GAME

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THE SWING THAT SETS UP THE SHORT GAME

Getting Up and Down
Saving Strokes from Forty Yards and In.

Ball Positions
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For short game

Another way to get the job done!
 
THE SHORT GAME IS ABOUT ACCURACY, not power , lower body action often gets overlooked. The legs dictate your swing's rhythm and helps to control backspin. When you're not the longest hitter in your group, it helps to have a good short game.

A Short Wedge Shot
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Dave Peltz Wedge Shots
This is the image you should try and duplicate
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A full finish with your belt buckle facing the target.
3/4 Takeaway
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Dave Peltz Short Game

I want to help you realize a putting mindset that will help reduce your chances of three putting from long distances.

Michael Breed


I'm looking at a 25 to 30 foot putt in front of me and it's probably has about 3 to 4 inches of break. I'm sure you have been told before that you should picture a 3-foot circle around the hole and try to roll your ball into that circle. Then all that's left is a 3-foot putt to make. Well, that's one way of approaching a long putt. But I would like you to consider another way. 

I want you to be more specific with where you are trying to get the golf ball to go. I'm trying to make every single putt that I hit and you can too. But what you want to do is pick a very specific spot - - for this example there is a spot about 3 or 4 inches to the right of the hole that I'm looking at. What I'm going to do is focus my eyes to make sure that I see the line from my ball to that spot. Now, I'm not going to try to roll my ball into the hole, but instead, I will try to make my ball stop at that specific spot that I picked. As I got through my pre-shot routine and I look at where I want to hit this putt, I take some practice strokes that I think will predict the pace to get the ball to stop at my spot. Then I'm ready to make my stroke. If you practice this mindset, I'm sure you will get your ball well inside that 3-foot range most likely closer to the 4 or 5 inch range, which I'm certain you can make.

Remember, no matter how long or short of a putt you have, your practice strokes should always be a prediction of how far you want the ball to roll.

 

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The path of the club head as it strikes the ground
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should be in front of the ball.

MAKE A MINI-SHIFT
 
I have allways felt that players have a tendecy to put too much restriction on their lower body when it comes to short game shots from forty yards and in. The following is reproduced from a article in the August 2004 Issue of Golf Magazine.
 
As in a full swing, your legs support your arm motion when you're pitching. So rather than trying to minimize their role, allow your weight to shift to your back foot on the backswing, then to your front  foot as the club swings through impact.  In fact, this weight transfer should trigger the transition from backswing to downswing, shifting the swing's low point ahead of the ball and preventing the clubhead from hitting the ground first.
 
USE YOUR KNEES
 
To help control backspin, tailor your knee action to the type of pitch shot you want to hit. In general, your front knee should slide away from the target going back, and your back knee should slide toward the target starting down.
 
For a low , spinning shot, kick your right knee aggressively toward the target as you start down.  This will create a downward blow, with your hand ahead of the ball at impact.  You'll trap the ball against the turf for added backspin.
 
For a higher, softer pitch with less spin, make a gentler forward move with your right knee.  That triggers a longer, lazier swing and lets the head of the club pass your hands at impact for added loft on the shot.
 
For a pitch that runs after landing, minimize your knee action. Be careful with this one: You may lose some natural rhythm, but this produces a shallow path into impact and a shot with almost no spin.
 
 
H."Turk" Walker USGTF
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Dayton, OH
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