The short game in golf is something people struggle with and can always improve upon. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your game consistent, saving you strokes and improving your game every time you’re out on the course.

Stay with your mechanics on the swing

Even though your short game means that you will be taking shorter distance strokes, it does not mean you should forget about your mechanics in your swing. Make sure to start with a proper set up, which means a level, athletic stance facing the ball. On the backswing, let your right wrist hinge a little so the handle stays fairly close to you. Next, make sure you turn your body, then turn toward the target with your hips level at the finish of your swing. Breaking your mechanics will lead to an improper swing and inadequate contact with the ball, which will hurt your consistency in your game.

Take advantage of the bounce

Utilizing the bounce on the pitch will allow you to ease through your swing and float the ball, rather than excessively overusing power and hitting it fat or thin. You want to slide the club through the grass and hit soft, floating shots but only if your hands are in line with the clubhead at impact. If you press your hands forward, as you would with a chip shot, you effect the angle of the clubface and risk hitting the club into the grass.

Keep your hands softened for your chip

Keeping soft hands while you are chipping is key for a good chip. According to Tiger Woods in a “Soften hands, Save shots” article, he says to use “light grip pressure (about 4 on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the tightest) to ensure a lack of tension in your arms and softness in your hands. Then you simply use the basic chipping technique toward the back of a slightly open stance to promote ball-first contact, chin high and back straight.”

Pay Attention to your left arm

Your left arm should control your chipping stroke on the course. There are two major things to consider while you are about to chip the ball. One is to keep your head still. A good trick is to focus on the ball or a dimple on the back of the ball. Next, let your left hand and arm start your backswing, and hinge the wrists ever so slightly. Then on the downswing, just let the left arm lead your club into the ball for a chip.

We hope some of these tips will keep you successful on the course and keep you practicing your short game. Brookstone Park’s Golf Course is an example spot to work on your short game. We are notably one of the most well-maintained Par 3 courses in New England. Book a tee time today.