Today was one of my better practice sessions at my local golf range. For the first time in 3 years, I paid $5/30 minutes to practice my short game first. Yes, in San Francisco, you have to usually pay to practice on the greens or your short game.
Anyways, I am sure many of you are city slickers like me trying to wing away your short game while you play on the golf course. Don’t DO THAT, that will be one of the major reasons why your score never improves.
When I used to live with my parents, it was all FREE, I mean I used to practice my putting, chipping, sand shots, and my pitching shots for FREE at their local country club. And yes, it’s not been like that anymore but no matter whether you have to pay or not, you NEED to practice your short game at least half the time.
If you want to lower your golf scores, you need to hit the practice green more often than hitting your irons or driver on the range. I know, it’s fun, it’s fun to hit that 350 yard drive over the driving range fence or stick a 4-iron 200-yard sniper on the sign itself but in reality, it boils down to your short game.
The only person who might have gotten away without a short game in history of golf?
Maybe Ben Hogan, at his best, he hit like all the greens in regulations. But trust me, no one can beat Ben Hogan, that is why he is a golfing legend.
The bottom line is, you can be better simply by being better around the greens. And how many times can I tell you that game of golf is played with the putter and the wedge? Too many, watch out for more blog posts titled, “how to practice golf” and more words on why you need to practice your short game.
And oh yeah, finally getting back into golf, I haven’t touched a golf club since last August I think, but I will be playing some events this year finally.