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    Posted: 08 November 2005 at 3:30pm
When Tiger Woods came on tour, his power impressed everyone, including me. But I was even more impressed by his short game. You could tell it was going to save him when he wasn't playing his best.

Tour players hit the ball well from tee to green--but they still miss about a third of the greens. They do a lot of scrambling to shoot those low scores. They work a lot harder on their short games than the average golfer does. At tournaments, you see as much action on and around the practice green as on the range.

You'd probably be surprised how much practice time Tiger spends on his short game. He agrees that it's a good idea to emphasize the short game more than most golfers do, to develop feel and confidence in your ability to recover from a poor shot.

Between rounds, I believe you must practice your short game more than you practice your long game. And if you have just 30 minutes to warm up before a round--about the minimum you need--I'd recommend that you spend 10 minutes putting, 10 minutes chipping and 10 minutes hitting balls, finishing with the driver on the way to the first tee. Don't give the short game short shrift.

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Good points.  I played my last round of golf in early November, latest I've ever played.  We had nice weather in November around here, Kansas City, and I never hit a range ball after that last round.  I went to the putting green a half dozen times the rest of the month with my 6 year old and putted for an hour or two each time.  Best practice sessions I've ever had.
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Just from my teaching experience, I will tell my students to spend alot of time (about 70%) on chipping and putting and the rest of the time working on the new concepts of the full swing we went over during our lesson.  I tell them this so their is less pressure on their full swing because their short game will save them.  Just my 2 cents!
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