Virginia Golfer Sep / Oct 2017 - Page 38

Instruction Short Game: Set Yourself up for Success I Focus on the fundamentals to improve your play around the green by ERIC LAYTON see it all the time. Blades, chunks, shanks, tops, and yips are plaguing the short games of amateur golfers. For many players, just getting the ball onto the green from 30 yards away seems like a huge success. We know to improve our scoring we must get those short shots close enough to give us a chance at a one putt. So why is it so hard? Most of the time, the answer to that question hap- pens before we ever hit the shot. The pre-shot decision making and pre-swing setup play a huge role in our chances of executing a quality shot. Let’s look at the fundamentals of the two basic shots we play around the green, so we can better prepare to hit a quality shot. SHOT 1: THE CHIP The goal of the chip is to get the ball onto the green and rolling toward the hole. The initial trajectory tends to be lower. You can chip with most every club in you