To develop effective consistency around the greens game, golfers must continue to practice and hone their skills. In addition to getting in a lot of repetitions, a few simple steps can help golfers maximize their time on the greens and improve their overall short game.

SWING THROUGH THE HIP

To set yourself up for success, the first step in the process is learning the correct swing. Swing the grip to the left to allow for the club to have room to finish throughout the swing. Most rookie golfers tend to swing the club directly at the target, however, this reduces the level of contact and leads to deceleration. The worst thing that golfers want to face during the greens game is a low rate of contact and a slowing swing. The bottom line is that swinging the grip toward the front hip and away from the target will improve the rate of contact and speed.

DETERMINE TRAJECTORY BEFORE POSITIONING

When stepping up to take the first swing, it is critical to determine the height of the handle in order to manipulate the trajectory for the best results. The general rule of thumb is to move in close to the handle when aiming for a low shot and to stand back when wanting a high shot.

PROPER CLUB SELECTION

Not all clubs are created equally. To be successful in the short game, golfers must learn how to discern what club will lead to the most gains. Because different clubs can produce different shots, it is important to choose the club most applicable to the shot you need at that time depending on desired flights and rolls.

DEVELOP A CONSISTENT FLIGHT-TO-ROLL RATIO

By experimenting with different types of clubs, golfers can eventually hone in on a consistent flight-to-roll ratio to use as a guiding set of rules to gradually hone in on the specifics of the greens game. Once the standard ratio pattern is determined, you can use this base to adjust for fluid factors such as specific course conditions and uphill lie factors. All of this takes a lot of experimentation to get it right, but the more you work within your ratio table, the better and more consistent the results will be.