Playing the ball forward in your stance to pitch the ball higher is a no-no.
By Dave Pelz
Thursday, February 22, 2007

If you're familiar with my philosophies, you know how seriously I take the scoring game, and how important it is to your overall score. My research on putting and wedge play is now stretching into its fourth decade, so that's the area where I can help you the most.

Of course, there isn't enough room here to cover everything I've discovered in more than 30 years—we'll save that for future issues of GOLF Magazine. (Look for the new "Pelz Files" beginning in September.) What you can learn right now, however, are the must-have elements of creating Tour-like touch from 100 yards and in. It's the same information I give to students in my Scoring Game Schools, and it can help you, too.

It's your bad shots and weaknesses—not your strengths—that largely determine your scores. Take what I know, make it your own, and turn 2006 into your best season ever.

Pelz On: Putting
The best putters have three things in common: good green reading, starting lines and speed control
More than 40 percent of all golf shots are putts, and over half of those are short ones. But how short are your short putts? This question is critical since the conversion percentage for all golfers drops off rapidly as putt length increases from 2 feet to 10 feet. That should tell you that your focus should be on getting your chips, pitches and lag putts closer to the hole. Every foot counts, and if you can get your ball just that much nearer to the target, your putts per round will plummet.

Let Face Angle Be Your Guide

face angle determines 83 percent of the starting line while putter path direction determines 17 percent

Try This: \"Chiputt\" the Long Ones

Find the Right Speed for Every Putt

From the Pelz School: How to Minimize Three-Putts

Pelz On: Wedge Shots
Time your wedge swings for expert distance control

Knock it closer for more one-putts:

From the Pelz School: Control Distance With Length

Pelz On: Pitch & Chip Shots

Knock the ball closer to make putting easy.

Should You Carry Four Wedges?

Try This: Keep it Low

From the Pelz School: Avoid Wrist Breakdown

Try This: The Cut-Lob Shot

Hitting it Fat? Why and How to Stop

Pelz On: Bunkers
Use your normal wedge swing for good lies in the sand

Sharpen Your Short Game

From the Pelz School: Divots in the Sand

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