This is an issue very close to my heart. As I find short game practice so boring and will do anything I can to make it more interesting.
I go and play, maybe hitting Driver and Irons reasonably, to always get let down by my short game. If I had a dollar for every time I heard “if only you could putt” or “you’d be dangerous with a short game”, I’d be a few dollars behind Mr Bill Gates.
The worst thing of all is that get very angry at my seldom short game. I mean, why?, I don’t practice, so how can I get angry?! (I’m sure most people can relate to this). Instead of moaning about this any longer, like a giant sook!, I decided to take action. I managed to find the best short game drills and games that kept my Goldfish-like attention span interested for more than an hour.
I’m going to start this with one of my favourites, as this has helped me kill a few minutes before a tee time and a few hours after work. It has become my default drill.
- A drill created by Mind Coach, Karl Morris (Cheers Karl) – This game includes three very easy steps. WARNING: Be prepared to lose a few hours – please apologise to your partner in advance
- From around the green, you’re going to pick 9 locations to play from, 3 easy, 3 medium and 3 hard.
- Each mini hole is a PAR 2 and by playing 9 holes you make a total of a PAR 18.
- Play all 9 holes and keep your score – making 18 your target score.
- This one is fun, yet frustrating. Created by some bloke called Jordan Speith (Never heard of him). It’s called the ‘GATE CRASHER’ for a reason and is ‘aimed’ to improve accuracy – pun intended.
- Find a straight putt uphill of about 8-10ft and place two markers in the middle of you and the hole – setting them just wide enough for the ball to go through.
- The goal is for the ball to roll through the ‘gate’ tees and also into the hole at the end.
- Score yourself half a point for getting through the gates, and a full point if it also goes in the hole.
“I like to play this one at the start of my putting warm-up to dial in my accuracy before I go on the course. To be good at this game, you have to steady your body and make solid strokes. It’s perfect pre-round practice”– Jordan Speith for Golf Digest
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