THE ART OF THE SHORT GAME

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DON
THE ART OF THE SHORT GAME

I recently read a  recommendation on a golf instruction bodk and decided to get it. The author is Stan Utley, who happens to hole the PGA Tour record for fewest putts for 9 holes. You can'NOT count 9 good holes for the record, it has to be either the Back or Front nine holes.

I've just started reading the book and just finished the first chapter which is titled The Basics. Readung this first chapter was very interesting as in it the author states that he will teach the reader HOW to use the clubs the way they were designed to work. His way of chipping and Pitching are EASIER,  than what most of us were taught to do. Easier means MORE Consistant ball contact and BETTER results around the greens, which in turn means more ONE PUTTS, or better yet, a few chip ins and hole out on Pitch shots.

Needless to say, I'm planing on reading each chapter very carefully and then going to the practice area near me to put it into play. I'll let you know how it works as I go.

Scott Rushing
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I have one of his putting

I have one of his putting books that I read ever now and again.  I didn't know who he was but apparently he was very well known for his short game.

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DON
Great Short game in fact

Stan has an excellent short game from what I've read. He set the PGA Tour record for fewest putts for 9 holes when he had a total of SIX putts for 9 holes. Seems he chipped in twice and holes out from a bunker once to do it. He is NOT very long off the tee with driver, well before tour average. And it states in his book that he was NOT very good with his irons either, So he depended on his short game to play well. He managed to win a few Tour events in the 25 years he was playing on Tour, all due to his short game skills.

I read his chapter on Chipping last night, and it appears to be a SOLID approach. Will have to get out to a practice green and see if I can get his method to work as well for me as it does for him and his students. He currently is working with some player on the PGA Tour, so he has the respect of a lot of Tour quality players as well as the average golfer.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
Will take some time

I triied using Stan's method for chipping and pitching a few days ago at the practice area at a litle 9 hole course near me. It was NOT a pretty site to watch I"m afraid. Some times it worked fine and other times NOT so good. It will for sure take a lot of time to get it working as well as my old method was. Stan cliams that his method is EASIER to use and be consistant with. but so far I'm not seeing that when I try it. I might have to put in a good half day practice session with his method so it has a chance to be consistant.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.