You’ve got to practice to shoot lower scores on the course, but not everyone has a lot of time to spend on the range. If you’re one of the busy ones who can’t get out to practice as often as you’d like, try these drills and see quick improvements in your game.
Pitch shots are used mainly when you miss a green and need to get another 15 yards. If you want to shave strokes off your score, it’s an important one to practice. Using three balls, practice your short pitch shots, changing direction with each ball. This will create variance is grass length and lie, slope, and wind direction.
To practice reading pitch shots, place a ball marker or golf towel where you think your shot needs to land. Once you hit the shot, you can see how close you came to hitting your shot and compare it with where your ball lands relative to the cup.
Lob shots are tougher than pitch shots to execute because of their higher arc. These shots are, however, imperative to know in situations where you don’t want the ball to roll far. Practice these shots just like the pitch shots mentioned above. It also helps to practice hitting these shot over bunkers, so that you see yourself in this situation often enough that you don’t stress out when you have to lob the ball over a hazard while you’re on the course.
Practicing pitching will come in handy when you just miss the green and have a long way to go to the pin. You’ll want a 7- or 8- iron, and you should practice from 30-, 40-, and 50-feet, trying to get balls within 3 feet of the pin. Create different angles so you’re comfortable in a number of scenarios (uphill, downhill, right-to-left, left-to-right).
Two shots are important to practice. First, practice shots around 10 yards. These are fairly easy shots to play because even if you hit a fat shot you can get the ball relatively close. The second shot you’ll want to practice is 15-20 yards.
Practicing these types of shots will maximize your limited practice time and should have an almost immediate impact on your game.