Short Game Secrets

In golf, the short game is absolutely everything! If you miss a green with an approach shot, you need those powers of recovery from whatever lie gets thrown at you.

In this program you will learn how to think outside the box when it comes to the many different shots around the green. You’ll be able to quickly make the right decisions and gain more confidence with more shots in your arsenal.

INSTRUCTORBobby Walia

Bobby is fast earning a reputation as one of the best and most innovative golf coaches in Australia. He brings over 15 years of international experience to his teaching. From playing professionally on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa, to his adventures studying and coaching in San Diego and Berlin, Bobby has also hosted clients on many of the world’s best golf courses.

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1. Introduction

0:42

In golf, the short game is absolutely everything! If you miss a green with an approach shot, you need those powers of recovery from whatever lie gets thrown at you.

Many people think very one dimensionally when it comes to the short game. Golfers can lack creativity, as well as imagination and options.

In this program you will learn how to think outside the box when it comes to the many different shots around the green. You’ll be able to quickly make the right decisions and gain more confidence with more shots in the arsenal.

2. Bunker shots

2:44

How do we hit golf’s hardest shot and escape the dreaded bunker?

Bunkers are many people’s worst nightmare. We feel that we are stuck in a hole and most times try to help the ball out of that hole. Luckily we are equipped with a club that has more than enough loft/angle to help us out. In this video we discuss the correct concepts on how to master this normally very feared shot.

3. Chip shots

3:05

It is golf’s shortest shot played from just off the green.

By definition, chip shots require very little wrist and body movement with most of our weight favouring our left side. Here we look at the concepts related to how to play this fairly basic shot. Feet closer together, weight favouring our left side and then more of a sensation of using our arms and natural pivot. The ground is also our friend here.

4. Pitch shots

1:57

A pitch shot is an extension of the chip shot, that requires a little more wrist hinge and body pivot.

Pitch shots are typically played from a little further away from the green, they are shots that also tend to launch a little higher through more lofted clubs. In this video you will learn the components needed to play that perfect pitch shot.

5. Base your shots on your lie

2:14

When we miss a green, the next shot is not always played from the same type of lie.

This video will help you understand how to make a decsison on what sort of shot to play, depending on what type of lie you have. Whether the ball is sitting up nicely, a little nestled down or buried in thick grass, you will have more confidence in choosing the right club and type of shot to play.

6. Use every shot in the bag

3:17

Golf is a game of imagination.

We need to learn how to use clubs we wouldn’t ordinarily use around the green. In this video, Bobby talks you through a few options to consider to get creative with your short game.

7. What shot to hit

3:00

Do you visualize what sort of shot needs to be played to your target around the greens?

There is not just one shot to play around the green. Varying slopes, speed of green, and amount of green to play with should help us make the correct choice. Here you’ll learn the different shots to play.

8. Loft is not everything

1:33

We should have options around the green and not just try to get the ball up in the air and try to land it close every time.

Having an arsenal of shots around the green is extremely important if we want to score. Many people associate a chip shot around the greens with loft and tend to rely solely on their sand wedge. Here we look at how we have more options around the green, including some you might not have considered.

9. Knowing where to land the ball

3:03

Around the greens, many people get obsessed with the target and end up trying to land the ball a the hole, all too often watching the ball roll through the other side of the green.

All too often we get caught up with trying to go directly for the flag/hole. If we know where to land the ball and then let the speed of the green or slope do the work, then we can knock it closer more often!

10. Use what's in front of you

3:33

You don’t always have to play the same shot around the green. Especially if there is slope and other obstacles in the way.

When faced with something other than a perfectly flat surface in front of you, use your imagination and creativity and don’t feel like you have to play the lofted club all the time. Instill more feeling and confidence by using a range of your shorter clubs.

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