Your short game can be the most crucial part of your golf game and can be the difference between making par or not. As many of you will be aware, you do not necessarily have to hit greens in regulation to score par. If your short game is good enough and you can chip the ball next to the pin then you can still make par. Jaacob Bowden explains a way of judging the distance for your chipping and putting strokes.

The aim at judging distance is to get a feel for it. Similar to if you were to throw a ball to someone some distance away. It would be a feel on how much force you need to throw the ball in order to get the distance. Chipping is no different. If you imagine you need to throw the golf ball to the target, it can give you a feel of the force you need to put into your golf stroke.


Whether it be chipping or putting you can use the following instructions:

1.  Pick a point 1/3 of the distance to the target, focus on it and make a practice swing

2. Pick a point 2/3 of the distance to the target, focus on it and make a practice swing

3. Look at your final target. Focus on it and make a practice swing.

4. Play your shot

This helps your brain to get a feel for the distance. Practice this on the warm up greens before you play and then take it out with you on course. Be sure to have ‘no mechanical thoughts’ so you can simply focus on getting a feel for the distance.

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