Play “8 Ball” to Improve Your Short-Game Practice
By Cheryl Anderson, Director of Instruction, Mike Bender Elite Golf Academy
When our students are practicing their short game shots
we always want them to measure whether or not they are
improving. All of the drills that we give our students have
a goal that needs to be met before they can move on to
something else. One of our favorite measurement drills comes
from our good friend Dr. Rick Jensen.
The student will hit 15 balls to a target to determine
their average shot. After they hit all of the shots, they
will pick up the seven closest balls to the hole. The eighth
ball – which is now the closest to the hole – determines the
average distance the 15 balls were hit from the target.
We like to see the average leave distance on a basic chip
shot within two feet of the hole and on a typical pitch shot
within six feet.
You can set your own standards, but the key is to track
your closest average distance from a variety of shots and
then try to beat your best average each time you practice.
As the “8 Ball” gets closer and closer to the hole, your
scores will decrease.
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