If you can’t hit the Green In Regulation (GIR), you could be wasting 18 strokes per round of golf. [GIR: Landing your ball on the Green In “Regulation” is the number of strokes to land on the green and take 2 putts for par.] Every golfer would like to get 18 for GIR on every round so you should challenge yourself to improve your GIR. Your only other option is a perfect chip and a putt (and that’s easier said than done).
What’s Causing Your Misses?
Why are you missing the green on your par 3 tee shots and on your second shot on par 4 holes? GIR for a par 5 is the easiest as you should be chipping or pitching after your drive and approach shot. Here are a number of areas where you should focus to increase your GIR.
1/ Practice on Grass: Instead of practicing on Driving Range Mats, for iron shots you should create a proper swing with a divot instead of bouncing your club off the mat. When you hit your ball off a grass surface you can see where your divot starts and the direction of your divot. Ideally your divot should start after the resting position of your ball and with an in to outside swing path.
2/ Uneven Tee Box: The tee box is the only place on the golf course where you are allowed to choose the perfect FLAT SURFACE to hit from. When you setup on a tee box, make sure that your feet are not below or above the ball. Choose your hitting surface wisely. Move back from the tee markers (up to 2 club lengths) if you have no other choice. If you have control of your golf swing, you have no excuse to miss the right direction on a par 3 hole. [GIR on a par 3 should be 100% or you should be practicing with you GOLFSTR+ to get you direction and club selection right.]
3/ Hitting from the Rough: The rough typically has taller and thicker grass which will grab your club head. Every condition in the rough is different. The pros have 2 recommendations: 1/ Accept the fact that you are not going to make the green on your next shot so hit wisely to get out of the rough. 2/ Don’t hit into the rough in the first place.
4/ Hitting from an Uneven Fairway or a Sidehill Lie: Golf courses are rated with a SLOPE based on many factors. The uneven surface of the fairways or hilly terrain is a major factor affecting the SLOPE RATING on every golf course. This is also the NUMBER ONE REASON WHY you are NOT hitting the Green in Regulation. You need to learn to compensate for the difference in height from your ball to the surface or angle of your feet.
Compensating for your stance is not as easy as you think. Your practice on perfectly flat mats at the practice range is not training you for the conditions on the golf course. Stay tuned for great solutions to solve this problem NEXT WEEK. HINT: Compensating for height differences is never easy when your swing is perfected on level ground.
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