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My short game, putts and <100 are probably the most consistent part of my game, yet still not very consistent. I understand the "each shot is the most important" mentality. I'm just looking for any tip to "feel" it and keep that focus (without having $100 on the line!).
--Ryan L. from Waterloo, IL

Thanks for the question Ryan. I'm assuming when you say "each shot is the most important" that you mean all shots are equally important as you need to have a full arsenal of shots to be able to shoot low scores. I would also add that the shot at hand, the one in front of you is always the most important, so mentally we need to stay in the present.

I'm not sure by your question if you are asking for a mental tip when you say feel or a physical tip, so I will try to answer both.

Physically, the best way to develop good feel in your short game is through 1) practice and 2) pre-shot routine. If you put in enough time on practice, you WILL develop feel. Next your pre-shot routine needs to consist of a good visualization of the shot including the trajectory you want on the shot, where you want it to land and how you want the ball to release. Once you have a good mental picture of the shot, your practice swings should be realistic and mimic the swing you feel you need to put on the ball to get your desired result. Above all, make sure to keep your routine consistent from shot to shot and day to day.

Mentally...adding to what I wrote above about pre-shot routine which is both mental and physical, I find that when I'm the best with my short game things feel light, smooth and slow. What I mean by that is I feel tension free and like I"m not rushing anything. When you get quick you get jerky and accelerate at the wrong points in your swing. Whether it's a putt or a pitch, try feeling light and relaxed and like the downswing feels a bit slower than usual with gradual acceleration. It helps to visualize your favorite player and try to mimic how smooth, balanced and professional they look.

I hope this answers your question Ryan. Best of luck and thanks for signing up with MyGolfInstructor.com. Be sure to check out our short game and mental game articles and videos for further help with your short game.

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