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Chipping: Different Clubs, Different Lengths
Take a bucket of balls to an area just off the putting green. Choose three
holes at varying distances from your spot. Chip to each hole, regularly changing
targets, trying each time to fly the ball a third of the distance and let it
roll the remaining two-thirds. Experiment by changing clubs, noticing different
trajectories, distance and spin; this exercise will give you a feel for what you
can and cannot do with various clubs. Chip from a good lie, then, once you're in
a rhythm, drop the ball and play it as it lies. Keep varying your shots to
develop feel and confidence. After you've chipped all the balls, putt them one
by one into the holes.
Few practice facilities have real greens that can serve as targets for pitch
shots. As a result, you usually pitch to a small tree or ball washer. With a
little creativity, you can turn the following games into effective practice.
Leapfrog -- Start by hitting 20-yard pitches to the base of a tree using your
pitching or sand wedge. Keep hitting shots until one strikes the bottom of the
tree. Then mix it up a bit: Try to land a shot 10 feet short of the tree, then
land the next one between the last ball and the tree. Keep
"leapfrogging" your way toward the tree until you miss, then start
over. You won't face this challenge on the course, but you will develop a feel
for what kind of swing will send a ball a given distance.
High Jump -- Find a bush or shrub at least four feet
tall. With an empty range basket on the opposite side, hit shots over the bush
from about 15 feet away, trying to land them in or near the basket. Every time
you're successful, move a step closer, repeating the process until you can no
longer clear the bush. This is a great way to learn the valuable lob shot.
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