LEARN­ING TOUCH AROUND THE GREEN

Hav­ing good touch around the greens helps lower your score, Su­san Far­ron gives some ad­vice on how to im­prove your touch.

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Peo­ple with a good short game

have good con­trol of dis­tance and can eas­ily ad­just to the speed of the greens - no mat­ter what po­si­tion they are play­ing from.

Hav­ing a good short game is one of best ways of sav­ing shots out on the course and low­er­ing your score. It is dif­fi­cult to coach touch but it is easy to learn if you ded­i­cate yourself to prac­tic­ing it lots and learn­ing the ‘feel'.

Use your Sand Wedge and your Gap Wedge for starters.

Make sure you know how to make a quar­ter swing, half swing and three quar­ter swing. The length of your fol­low through should be sim­i­lar if not slightly longer to your back swing i.e. quar­ter back, quar­ter through, half back, half through and three quar­ters back, three quar­ters through.

Take a bucket of golf balls and play sev­eral shots of each length back swing and with each of the clubs. Make sure that the speed in your fol­low through is sim­i­lar to your back­swing. Most golfers will tend to hurry the fol­low through but con­trol your fol­low through by en­gag­ing your core and speed of hip turn.

Once you have con­fi­dence with each of these shots the next step in your pitch­ing prac­tice is to toss the ball to­wards dif­fer­ent tar­gets, in a ran­dom way short, medium and long and then use your new skills. Aim to fin­ish the ball within a wide cir­cle ring around the hole.

This is a great way of get­ting con­sis­tency and feel in your shots around the green and learn­ing how far each of these shots trav­els.

Re­peat and prac­tice so that you will know with more con­fi­dence which club and what length back­swing to use.

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