Common Short Game Mistakes to Avoid

Are You Using The Right Club?

One of the biggest mistakes golfers make on the course is not using the right club. You will have a better short game, have more fun, and lower your score if you just stick to a club which is the most comfortable for you when facing a specific shot.

For example, if you’re confident using a 7-iron when hitting the ball from 35 yards in, then use it. You may have read that an amateur or pro golfer prefers a different club when facing the same scenario, or have seen a golf training video which stresses the use of yet a different iron, it doesn’t mean you have to follow their advice. Always use what works for you! Experiment with several clubs on the range to find yours.

Short game success has just as much to do with your confidence and comfort levels as it does with technique and shot specifics. In time you’ll find what’s called your “go to club” when playing through a specific shot. And when practicing your short game, those practice sessions should be focused around this particular club in order to improve at the fastest rate possible.

Stop Over-Analyzing Everything

One of the reasons for choosing golf as your sport is to enjoy a game that’s comfortable and confidence-building, which flows naturally within your subconscious. This means avoiding the dreaded mistake of over-analyzing everything. You must allow the game to come to you by just letting it happen, which means don’t make it happen.

You have probably taken a few golf lessons at some point, put in hours on the practice range, and learned additional skills and tips from watching the pros on TV. It’s time to trust these lessons and experiences and allow your subconscious to guide your way. Just take your swing and let it go – it’s that simple.

This may seem like an oversimplification, and of course practice and preparation are important, but if you spend time analyzing every second of the game to the point of seriously frustrating yourself, you are on the wrong track. Rather, enjoy golf and use your energy to focus and concentrate when the time is needed instead of mulling over every minor detail. It pays dividends on your score card.

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