SEAN FO­LEY

Why the driv­ing range is over­rated

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - News -

How you can get bet­ter with­out go­ing to the range.

Ire­alise many of you have de­mand­ing jobs and a house­ful of kids. You have vir­tu­ally no chance to prac­tice. So when you do get those rare breaks to work on your game, you should spend al­most all of your time on shots from 30 me­tres and in. Why? Ac­cord­ing to my friend the statis­ti­cian Mark Broadie, it takes a tour pro 2.5 strokes on av­er­age to hole out from 30 me­tres.The av­er­age golfer is up to a full stroke worse from that zone. That can mean a 10- or 15-shot dif­fer­ence per round.

If you have at least de­cent dis­tance and can get the ball some­where near the green on your sec­ond shot, fo­cus your prac­tice ses­sions on knock­ing your third shot on the green, hope­fully close to the hole.

Here’s your first short-game prac­tice tip: Small shots re­quire only small swings. Your stance, tempo and en­ergy should re­flect that. If you find your­self hit­ting these green­side shots with a tight grip and a fast-and-full mo­tion, you’ll strug­gle to con­trol the ball. Go easy.

Sean Fo­ley is a Golf Di­gest Teach­ing Pro­fes­sional.

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