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Golf game: This week we focus on working on your short game

Dan Williams
Everybody wants to pull out their driver and swing away but working on your short game is the best way to shave strokes as Darrell Jacobs of Lakewood demonstrates here.
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Golf lessons are very expensive and few people can afford them.

Yet many of us are full-fledged golf hackers or just enjoy the occasional round of golf.

But golf can also be a very demoralizing experience, one that you wonder why you paid serious money to participate in.

However, we want you to shoot low scores and get your money’s worth on the golf course and we think we can help even the occasional golfer with our quick (and free) weekly golf lesson.

So for the rest of the summer every single week we are going to give you a free golf lesson, focusing on one specific area of your golf game.

And by the end of the summer you will be ready to qualify for the 2015 U.S. Open. Okay, maybe that is a stretch, but we will help make you a respectable golfer who will continue to lower your scores and feel good about your game.

This week’s focus: .

By starting here we can try to start developing good golf habits that will translate to all parts of your golf game.

And if you can improve your short game you can play with anybody — including guys (and gals) who hit huge 300-yard drives.

There is no better way to takes strokes off your golf game than by having a tight short game. Turning three shots into two shots and having the ability to get up-and-down is what separates the hackers from the players who look like they were born to play golf.

We all want to hit big booming drives down the fairway and we all want to be able to put the ball on the green from 200-yards out, so when we go to the driving range we pound a bucket of balls down the range using our biggest clubs.

But it is our putter and wedges that we use more any of our other clubs in the bag. 60 percent of most golf’ shots in a round of golf come within 100 yards of the hole.

But do we spend 60 percent of our practice time on the practice green chipping and putting? That is a resounding `no.’ Most golfers are lucky to practice a few putts before their round, but they will instead do hit a bucket of balls with their driver.

But even if that golfer uses their driver on all 18 holes (14 is the average amount of times players use a driver each round), that is far smaller of number compared to the fact that most golfers use their putter 50 times in a single round.

That we suggest is that you spend at least half of all your practice time on the practice greens. And before your round don’t wear yourself out hitting a bucket of balls before you even starts. Instead, chip and putt for a good 30 minutes.

Work on your long putts and work on your three footers. Work on your chipping and pitching from the fairway and rough, as well as from just off the green.

Make a true commitment to your short game for an entire month and we guarantee you will take five to eight strokes off your game.