This is a game I use when practising my short game. Great fun and also a method of challenging my short game skills in a competitive manner.I call it `Par 18` because I play 9 holes and try and go round in level par - i.e. a chip and a putt per hole.I take all three wedges with me,my 50,56 and 60 degree, pick 9 different starting points around the green,either randomly by throwing the golf balls up in the air,or deliberately picking certain lies I wish to practice from.The aim of the game is to get up and down from every position.I always keep my score.My best effort is -1 for 9 holes,including a chip in.
The Confident Lob Shot
The reason I have chosen this shot is because it is the one which I see club golfers,particulary higher handicapped players struggle with the most.The reason they find it more difficult is due to the lack of commitment.There can be no quitting on the lob shot,a full confident swing is required.
Normal short game set up,narrow your stance,grip slightly down the handle,keeping the hands soft.Swing the club fairly full and free and the loft on the club will do the work.
I vary the length of my swing to control the distance.Playing this shot instinctively by looking at the hole and visualising where you want the ball to land on the green.Always walk up and take a look at your exact landing point.A little practise and trust and you will have more success with the lob shot.