Golf Links & Tips
Golf is a great game for all ages. There is nothing like getting outside on the golf course with friends and smacking a ball around. Exercise, fresh air, friends and laughter – that is golf! So, make a tee time, grab your clubs and hit the links at one of these local courses.
Limit Your Three-Putts!
If there’s one place where average golfers can quickly cut strokes from their scores, it’s on the green. Luckily, we have the perfect exercise to pinpoint exactly where your putting needs work.
Three skills go into putting: green reading, distance control, and starting direction. You need to put all three to the test. 1) Place a ball 15 to 20 feet from the hole. Find a putt with a slight break, and place a tee in the ground even with the hole at the apex of how much you think the putt will break. This will serve as the line you are aiming to start your putt on. 2) Set up a “gate” with two tees 4 inches apart on your intended line about a foot in front of the ball. The idea is to roll the ball through the gate, to give you feedback on your starting direction. 3) If your putts come up short of the hole, spend time on distance control. If you hit the gate right off the bat, work on face and path control. If your ball didn’t break like you thought, practice green reading.
Chip and Run
Most golfers will have better results for short shots around the green by playing shots that land just on the putting surface and roll like putts to the hole. Choice of club can vary anywhere from a five-iron for a shot across the green all the way to a sand wedge, dependent on the length the ball needs to run. I often use the seven-iron for longer chips…the pitching wedge if the hole is closer. You certainly want to pick a club that allows you to land the ball on the green…not in the fringe.
The stroke is fairly short…just enough to get the ball on the green and rolling. You should experiment with different clubs to get a good feel. Play the ball back off your right foot and keep the left wrist leading for solid contact. Use this method for consistent play around the green…only use the “flop shot” with the sand wedge when extreme height is necessary to stop the ball quickly. Good luck saving strokes in 2019! If you need help with your short game, or any other aspect of the game, the PGA professionals of the AHPD are here to help make your golf more enjoyable.
Arlington Lakes Golf Club
Facility of Arlington Heights Park District
1211 S. New Wilke Road, Arlington Heights
- Steve Jenne, PGA Head Teaching Professional
- Sae Yoon, PGA Assistant Professional
- Tim Govern, PGA Manager of Golf Operations
- Rob VanDuyse, Assistant Golf Professional