The Lesson Tee: How to make short golf shots like a pro
Masters is probably one of my most favorite golf tournaments of the year. The beauty of the golf course, trees and flowers is amazing to see. It’s a tough tournament for the players to get into each year because they must have won a golf tournament on the PGA Tour within the previous year to get in.
Bobby Jones, who was the most celebrated amateur in history, came up with the dream to develop the Masters way back in the 1930s. The golf clubs they had back then were way different than what the pros play with now but the greens were still really fast, difficult and undulating.
I get asked a lot, how do the PGA Pros hit a shot around the green, maybe 10 yards off the green and the golf ball hits the green, one bounce and stops?
Well, first they are really good, but I can tell ya how they do it.
Tip of the week: When you are close to the green but not on the green, use your 60 degree sand wedge and play the golf ball slightly back in your stance. For right handers, keep your weight 75% on your left foot, no weight transfer and hinge your hands so you will hit down on the ball. These are not big swings but mini golf swings.
You need to practice the shot a lot because most golfers will have this short shot many times during the round of golf.
Have fun and I'll see you on the first tee.
Ben Alexander is a PGA teaching professional who formerly taught in Pebble Beach and now teaches golf lessons at Lake Shastina Golf Resort. To contact Ben call (831) 277-9001.