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Indian Wells Insider - September 2018

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W ith the new Shots in the Night golf experience set to open for play this fall, now is the time to focus on your short game – so whether you're playing a competitive round or you're mixing it up with a group of friends over drinks after dark, you'll be as sharp as possible with your put- ter and wedges. Tom Burley, the PGA Head Golf Professional at In- dian Wells Golf Resort, has a few tips for keep- ing your short game in good working order… u u u Get out of your comfort zone We tend to practice shots we are comfort- able with, but don't be afraid to spend some time outside your com- fort zone. The last thing you want to have happen is fearing a short shot around the green because you never practice it. u u u Think your way around the greens Another good idea is managing your shot se- lections around the putting surface. When chipping, you need to be in control. Make sure you select the club best suited for the up- coming shot. Try play- ing more roll than loft, as roll is much easier to gauge and will give you a sense of direction for your next putt. u u u Practice lag putting Get comfortable hit- ting putts from 25 feet or so. Speed is crucial when lagging putts. Most of your three- putts tend to come from not hitting a good first putt, most often due to speed. Many amateur golfers typi- cally don't end up close to the hole when hitting from the fair- way or tee boxes, so make sure you practice those longer putts. u u u Become automatic from short range Practice making as many putts as you can from inside 3 feet. When you're feeling good with the short putts you can become more aggressive with your birdie tries. A great drill for this would be to hit putts from 3 feet along a yard stick. You want the ball to stay on the yard stick along the way to the hole – if your club face is not square to the target, or your stroke is off, the ball will not make it all the way to the cup. u u u Make practice time simple When I ask golfers why they don't prac- tice as much as they should, I hear that there isn't enough time in their day. High or low handicap, you should always try to make practice simple. Although the course should be the mainstay, don't forget that you can putt on a yard stick in your living room or chip some balls in your back yard when time is tight. ......................................... >> CLICK HERE for details on golf clinics, lessons and more. TARGET PRACTICE Simple steps to help master short shots BY TOM BURLEY Head PGA Professional LESSON TEE BOOK A TEE TIME Dial in your short game for Shots in the Night.

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