Short Game Practice Tips

September 16th, 2009 by John Graham Leave a reply »
Many good junior golfers struggle with being real precise with 80-30 shots. It’s a shot that you need to practice to know because it will be much less than a full swing.

My facility does not have a great area to practice this shot. I think it is very common with most practice facilities. They have a putting green, chipping green, bunker and range tee but not a designated area you can hit 30-80 yard shots into a real green.

I have to use my imagination to create an environment for player’s practicing this area. Really, all you need is a rangefinder and a little imagination. Usually, I will either set up a beach towel or a GolfRing at a particular distance out into the range.

You need to make sure you have something you can see hit so you can tell if the distance is correct. During a lesson, I actually stand out there and shout out the distance the ball went so they can get a feel for the distance.

Once the trackman arrives, I will be using it to work on this area. Trackman has a feature that will speak out loud the distance the ball flew. It uses the speaker on the laptop to voice the data it picks up. This will be a much more precise way to practice these shots.

Without this device, you will have to use towels or sheets or something like it. This is a dig it out of the dirt type of practice. You need to punch the clock and put the time in. I would say about 80% of your practice time should be spent on similar shots like this and the rest of the short game.



  1. Chuck Sheppard says:

    Why can’t you get Webster to setup an area at the far end of the range to practice these 80-30 shots. All they’d need would be signs with 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, yards and they could be moved when they move the ropes. Alternatively, if they put stakes at the far end of the range every 10 yards they could leave them in permanently. Alternate the colors on the top of the stakes, Red, White, Blue and put them in for the first 200 yards of the range. That way you could go down to the end of the range and no matter where the ropes were laid out you’d have yardage markers that could be used for 80-30 yard practice. I’d even make the stakes.

  2. John Graham says:


    We have talked it about it for years. I think it’s got to do with picking the balls up and mowing the grass. I think it will happen eventually and I keep knocking on the door,

    Thanks for the offer and I will pass it on.


  3. Neil Sweeney says:

    Hi John, a good device for this is the ES12 launch monitor, it also shouts out the distances, works on bluetooth via phone or tablet,ive tested it with trackman and its very accurate, also a great price and fits in the golf bag.



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