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The following tips are from the official PGA website.
To get the ball close on long putts, speed is likely more important than direction. Develop a good vision of speed control and in your practice time work on long putts so you have the feel. When you go to a course you have never played, spend time hitting long putts on the putting to learn the speed, that will payoff as you play the course.When you take practice strokes for long putts, think of it as a rehearsal swing getting you ready for the real thing.
- John K. Abendroth
How many times have you missed a three foot putt? Here is a drill to make three footers automatic. Start with eight balls surrounding a hole from a distance of one club length. Start with the straightest putt. Knock it in, and move around the circle. Try to make as many putts in a row as you can and keep track of your best. When you miss, repeat the drill.
- Justin Bush
To keep your mind quiet while you putt and to maintain a smooth and even tempo try this 3 count tip. Once you have set up to the ball, the last thing you should do is give a focused look of visualizing the ball going in the hole. Count to yourself 1. When your eyes come back to the ball count 2. Backstroke is 3 and forward swing.
- Krista Dunton
Find a full length mirror and follow these simple steps: 1. Soften your knees slightly. 2. Fold forward from the hips: Keep your spine straight as your torso falls forward and your hips push backwards in one piece (avoid a lower back that is too arched and an upper back that is too rounded). 3. Feel yourself in balance over the laces of your golf shoes with your hands hanging right in front of your toes. 4. Now get swinging!
- Erika Larkin
Is your golf bag organized? Having your golf bag organized will help you greatly as you improve your skills. Knowing where each club is within the bag, you will not lose focus on the shot you have planned, while you search for the proper club.
- John Hughes
Many people over swing and tee the ball lower on tee shots into the wind which can magnify many off center hits and overall bad swings. I would like to see players stay consistent with their set up during such tee shots and stay more focused on a weight shift to the left side for right handed players. This will assist the grip of the club staying in front of the club head which tends to deloft the driver and hit the ball lower. Try this with iron shots as well.
- Lee Smith
A pitch short or short chip shot from short grass or a tight lie can be a challenge even for the very best players. Make a few practice swings and brush the ground in a way you would do it if the ball was there. Nowwithout a lot of thinking step up and hit the shot with the same motion you practiced. You want the club to skim the ground and not dig in on these shots. To be sure this happens, don't get the hands too far in front of the club head.
- John K. Abendroth
When the wind picks up you want to choose a club that is more than what you would normally choose. Go through your normal pre-shot routine and then swing easy. The windier it gets the easier you should swing. You will quickly find that your golf ball is boring through the wind and not ballooning.
- Blake Cathey
With over 60% of your strokes coming from inside of 100 yards, it is essential that you spend a proportionate amount of time on your short game as you practice. You should devote most of your short game practice to putting and chipping. These two shots make up the majority of your short game strokes.
- John Hughes
A greenside bunker shot is so much easier than most think. It is nothing more than a "fat pitch." In a greenside bunker we want to hit the sand first. To do that, make two main adjustments to your stance: first, move the ball, two to three inches forward of center and second, dig your feet into the sand. This set up will automatically make your club enter the sand behind the ball.
- Trevor Gliwski