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What is a Golf Short Game Handicap?

What is a Golf Short Game Handicap?

Today is July 28th 2018, and we present What is a Golf Short Game Handicap? Short Game Saturday #98.  A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

What is a Golf Short Game Handicap?

To calculate your golf short game handicap, you count all the shots it takes you to get the ball up and down from a certain distance from the green.  The lower your handicap the further out you will need to go.  For most average golfers (and for the example in this article) I have chosen 50 yards.

Each time you have a shot from 50 yards and in, you count your shots.  So if you have a 40-yard pitch, hit it on the green and two-putt, your short game handicap for that hole will be 3. If you one-putted, your score will be 2.  

If you hit the green from 150 yards out and two-putted, there is no score for that hole.  Because you did not hit a shot from off the green inside of 50 yards.  However, if you missed the green from 150 by only a couple of feet, chipped and two-putted, you score would be 3.  

Add up all the holes that you played a shot from inside 50 yards and divide by that number.  That will now give your Golf Short Game Handicap.

You can keep your score on the side of your scorecard on each hole where the shot inside 50 yards occurred.  Over a period of time, you will start to see a pattern.  This will tell you where your weakness is in terms of all your short game shots.  It will either be pitching, chipping, bunker shots, putting or trouble shots.  You can now head to the driving range or putting green and start working on those weaknesses.  Use the blog I spoke about recently on Quantifying your Practice to take your golf game to a whole new level as your scores come tumbling down!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

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