The Importance of the Short Game

At the higher levels of golf, where many of our students aspire to be, the landscape changes. The game gets harder and the examination more intense.

The short game is a crucial part of any elite player’s game; it can hold a poor ball striking round together and can enable low scores when the ball striking A-game is on. At the higher level of golf, details come under greater scrutiny and are more demanding. In the short game, the lies get tighter, greens faster, pins more tucked; as a result, an average short game just will not cut it.

To climb the ladder to elite and professional status, a player needs a ‘tour quality’ short game. By this, I mean they need to have total control of the strike, spin and trajectory. Even a slight five-hundred RPM change in strike can be the difference between two feet and 20 feet from the pin.

A bulletproof technique is non-negotiable in this arena. Once this has been achieved through a variety of proprietary, tour-tested methods learned by the IJGA coaches over the years, the artistry can be added. The short game is art, for sure. Picture some of the finest experts like Seve Ballesteros or Tiger Woods. They make the impossible possible through not only skill but incredible artistry and imagination.

At IJGA, we spend time with each student arming them with a bulletproof short game technique. We then spend time gluing it together with artistry and imagination to allow for ‘Short Game Mastery” using a variety of demanding skill challenges and tasks.

As with all areas of skill acquisition, the short game requires patience and application in order to be truly mastered. The skills learned at this level will be the foundation of our students’ game for years to come, and place them a step ahead of their competition, as most have never been exposed to a tour-quality short game.

At IJGA, we go the extra mile in all aspects of a student’s game to give them the best opportunity to acquire the skills to become the best player they can possibly be.

 

Jonathan Yarwood

IJGA Director of Golf

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