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.
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.