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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Martin Hall on Short Game Contact (Video)

This was the first lesson on School of Golf Tuesday night. It's very simple, but it's amazing how much our short games can fall off during the off-season. Here are Martin Hall's three recommendations for better contact during chips and pitches.

Yes, I know every instructor does things a little different. But Martin's three tips will work for almost everybody, and they just might bail you out of a poor chipping day.
  • Use a neutral grip
  • Position the ball in the middle of your stance as measured between your heels, not your toes
  • Hover the club slightly behind the ball instead of grounding the club
And for those of you who don't recognize the name Paul Runyan, he was a small (5'7") PGA Tour player in the 1930s. He won 29 tournaments at all -- 9 of them during 1933 and another 7 during 1934 -- and two of them were majors. His nickname was "Little Poison" because of his short game, and he was a major short game instructor for 75 years!

Runyan practically created some of the standard short game techniques that we take for granted these days. If your short game seems a bit suspect, these tips from Martin might be just the ticket for you.

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