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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The School of Golf Short Game Fix

Martin Hall and Sara Brown posted a video over at GC's website about Tiger's short game problems. It's pretty much self-explanatory, so without further ado here it is:

The drill at the beginning of the video is a simple one you can use on the course before you actually hit your shot to "find the bottom of your stroke." Make sure you do it beside the ball as Martin suggests and not somewhere else, since you want to be sure you know where the bottom is relative to the ball.

Ironically, Martin's suggestion about dealing with chipping yips -- although he has a different reason for doing it than I do -- is very similar to the drill I suggested for treating putting yips in my book Ruthless Putting. Given Martin's explanation, I would say that the player's eyes "jump" because of the hitting anxiety I talked about in my book.

But I guess that just goes to prove that the solution is pretty much the same no matter what causes you to stab those putts and chips. If you can't see the actual strike, it's much harder to mess it up!