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Golf Tip from Arlington Lakes Golf Club

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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 


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