If you are ever going to be good at chipping you are going to need chipping practice. It is not just practicing that will help your game it is how you do it that will improve your scores!
Too many times golfers go out to the chipping green and literally hit ball after ball from one spot. The problem with this style of practice is that it is training your brain to accept second chances.
On the golf course you only have one chance and your golf chipping practice habits should reflect it. For example, instead of hitting ball after ball from one spot, switch up the area you're chipping from after each ball.
Here is a great way to approach this golf practice routine:
This style of practicing will help you focus on each shot and improve your focus for the practice session. The only time you should stay in one spot and hit ball after ball would be only if you're working on your chipping technique. Be sure to treat each shot like you need to get it close so you can tap it in for the "championship."
By approaching chipping practice with this mindset you will start seeing results because your focus levels will be higher by practicing a variety of shots that you will face on the course.
Some other great ways to practice chipping would be to play a game with friends or play a little 9 hole course.
An example of a game that you can play with friends is to have each of you hit a shot to a pin and whoever is the closest will receive a point. The winner is declared by having the most points. One of the keys to this game is to never hit the same shot in order to replicate what you will face on the course.
One of the great advantages from playing this game is that it sharpens your focus and provides competition. By competing with friends you will notice a sharper mental approach towards each shot which means the next chip shot you need to get up and down on the course will be a little easier.
Another fantastic way to practice your chipping is to play a little 9 hole course on the chipping green. The objective to this game would be to hit a shot from a random area around the green to a random pin. After each shot take your putter and putt the ball out until it is holed.
This game helps to simulate the situations you will face on the course. If you can aim for a score around par of 18 for those 9 holes then you should start seeing improvement in your short game once you reach that goal.
By practicing deliberately with a routine you will be surprised at how fast you improve your short game.
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