Improve Your Skills | Improve Your Scoring – Landing Zone Drill
The next time you head to the range or golf course try this median ball drill which is guaranteed to improve your target awareness and scoring around the greens.

Skill Acquisition – Chipping

H
ere taste of one of the training drills in my soon to be released series of eBooks on the Scoring Zone. These drills are designed to show you how you can improve your scoring by improving your skills, by taking your current game and utilising it for better scoring.

The next time you head to the range or golf course try this landing zone drill which is guaranteed to improve your target awareness and scoring around the greens.

Distance Control and Landing Zone

Great chippers of the golf ball have a landing zone in mind each and every time when chipping, be it conscious or sub-conscious.  Adopting the skill to land the ball in a specific area of the green is a great way to improve your awareness and feel for how the ball will roll out to the pin, relative to whichever club you’re chipping with.

Many times I see amateurs trying to fly the ball back to the pin when the situation doesn’t call for it.  This type of thinking is fraught with danger and inconsistency.  Remember, a key rule of thumb when evaluating your short game options around the green is to “putt before you chip, and chip before you pitch”.

Purpose
The purpose of this drill is to encourage golfers to focus on a specific landing zone when chipping on the green so they can accurately predict the roll on landing with a variety of clubs.

Setup
For this exercise place a small towel or landing zone on the front part of the green 3-6 feet wide depending on your skill level.  It’s important that the landing zone is place just a few feet on the green, as our goal should always be to keep the carry time to a minimum and the ground or running time to a maximum when chipping.

a key rule when evaluating your short game options around the green is to always “putt before you chip, and chip before you pitch”

Completion
Choosing a variety of clubs such as SW, 9 iron and 7 iron focusing on the landing spot only, this is a great way of building your feel and awareness for carry vs. roll with these different clubs.  Hit 10 shots with each club and record your score on a results card to promote a game like situation or alternatively you can challenge yourself to land a certain amount of balls in a row beginning with your SW before moving onto 9 iron then 7 iron. In this video I chosen three-in-a-row as a target.

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