The quickest way to lower your score is to practice and improve your short game. The short game consists of four areas: pitching, chipping, putting, and sand play. The short game makes up about 43% of an average game of golf. The weaker your short game, the higher percentage. With the proper fundamentals, you will make solid contact on the ball more consistently. You will have better feedback from your shots to help you control the distance of each shot and your touch will start to improve with each practice session.
Distance control is very important in the short game. For example, with a chip or a putt of 30 to 50 feet, the direction of the shot may only waiver from the target a few feet to the left or right. Good distance control coupled with good direction will put you a few feet from the hole, giving you a better chance of making the putt. On the other hand, if your distance control is poor and your shot ends up well short or past the hole, your accuracy will not help.
A three foot putt counts as one stroke as does a 300 – yard drive. You can recover from a bad shot from a wood or iron by having a strong short game. However, you can’t recover from a missed short putt.
You should spend as much time around the green practicing your short game as you do on the range practicing your full swing. Observe how the ball reacts on and around the green, experiment, and use your imagination to achieve the desired results. Regular practice will go a long way toward mastering the many different shots in the short game.