Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Practice Your Short Game at Home

It’s every golf lover’s dream, to be given a chance to join some of the world’s most prestigious golf tours. For the lot of us, however, a mastery at golf fit to stand toe-to-toe against players like Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods is plain and simply still out of reach.
The average handicap for American men is 15, and if that’s where you sit, then you know you’ve still got a long way to go to even be invited to play at a major. If you’ve got dreams of Augusta, however, then there’s only one path you can take, and that’s to practice hard and practice often. With soaring club membership prices, though, getting enough practice can be a struggle.
While driving ranges are a dime a dozen today, even in highly urban areas, finding a place to practice your short game is much more difficult. There is a solution, however. If you’ve got a large enough backyard, it might be worthwhile to have a putting green installed.
Backyard putting greens are typically built custom, so you can add feature to aid other aspects of your game. You can add some fringe so you can practice chip shots, put in a bunker so you can improve your accuracy with a sand wedge, or give your green some slope so you can master putting with a break.
With regular practice, you should see your handicap decrease, and maybe one day, you’ll get that major invitation you’ve been longing for.

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