Scoring Zone

Instead, try to draw the ball slightly from a very narrow stance by getting the toe of the club to point up at the sky on both the backswing and finish. By swinging at less than full pace and choking down on the grip, you increase distance control. They have less loft. Share this Page

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So all the talk about golfers being able to save shots when they get in the scoring zone or in the red zone, as we might say utilizing terminology from other sports, this is the scoring zone where we could really capitalize on the fact that distance is no longer the issue. We just got to get it in the hole in the fewest number of shots. Now for you to work out your own scoring zone or red zone, the easiest thing to do, is taking your most lofted wedge and hit it full power and see how far it goes.

So take your lob wedge or your sand wedge, hit it flat out, it might go 70 yards, so from 70 yards and in is really your scoring zone. Now the first thing to make sure you have got the right equipment for the scoring zone or the red zone. Now I would like to see most golfers carrying, at least three if not four wedges. And Mickelson is now even carrying five wedges, to some tournaments, but at least three or four wedges. So just probably have your standard pitching wedge and sand wedge in those cases.

I would like to see add to that with a log wedge and possibly even a gap wedge. A gap wedge is going to be around about degrees and would sit between your pitching wedge and your sand wedge. And then immediately, you have got all of the clubs at your disposal, to hit different distances, from different lies, but also different heights and trajectories. From there a lot of it will come down to just good quality practice. Becoming a more confident player in the scoring zone is an easy way to knock strokes off your score, which means you have to improve your abilities around the green.

First, Charlie King explains the difference between pitching and chipping, and discusses what you should do before you prepare to swing and how you should set your stance, posture and grip. Then, Charlie and Brian Manzella teach you some of the ways to improve your short game by demonstrating the mechanics for distance control and showing you how to make solid contact.

Consequently, they tend to tack a number of unnecessary strokes onto their scorecard. Solid mechanics and a proper putting stroke can mean the difference between just a good round and the round.

PGA Professional Rafael Floriana shows you what to do for those times you are up against an obstacle. Typically, you would not be able to swing the club in this position, but with the hing and pop shot you are able to advance the ball and make the most of a tough situation.

Learn how to get out of a bad situation with this handy shot! Learn how to become a better putter with these impactful tips and drills. PGA instructor Krista Dunton shows you each aspect of putting including stance, grip, stroke and ball contact.