How to Hit More Greens
You can start by avoiding these mistakes
There are lots of reasons golfers miss greens – poor contact, overswinging, too much curve on the ball. But the root problem is usually one of three bad habits:
1. not taking enough club
I almost never see an amateur hit over the green on a fullswing approach. When facing a full 8-iron shot, take the 7 and swing smoothly. You’ll hit the ball more solidly, and get the distance right.
2. aiming poorly
This stems from just not thinking properly. Most golfers are happy to put the ball anywhere on the green, so they aim at the middle. Problem is, that doesn’t allow for their natural shot shape. For example, if you’re a left-to-right player and you aim
3. trying to help the ball up
at the middle, your target goes from the whole green to just the right half. Instead, aim at the left edge of the green. The club’s loft will send the shot plenty high if you hit it flush. Here’s a great way to stop lifting: When you hit irons on the range, hover the clubhead about 8cm at address so you have to hit down to get to the ball. You’ll learn to shift forward and swing down and through.
Butch Harmon is a Golf Digest Teaching Professional.
FORWARD THINKING Don’t hang back and try to lift the ball off the ground. Shift forward and focus on swinging down and through.