Practice a Variety of Short Game Shots

One green, three shots: Practice a varitey of different chips to improve your short-game versatility. <SPAN CLASS="picturesource">Leonard Kamsler</SPAN>

The green on the 497-yard, par-5 16th hole at the TPC of Sawgrass in Florida would be a great place to hang out and practice your chipping. The setting is beautiful, but more importantly, the green's design and location -- water on two sides, rough, mounds and sand elsewhere -- provide the opportunity to try many varieties of chips.

Learning the three shots I'm highlighting will help improve your chipping versatility. You've seen Tour pros skillfully play these shots in tournaments, including at the annual Players Championship at Sawgrass. With a little practice, you can play these shots too.

During his run to the Players title in 2002, Craig Perks holed a chip from on top of the heavy fringe, standing just inches from the water.

It was fun to chip around the green for this article, and I wish you could have joined me. Find a green at your course during less crowded times so you can practice these shots in peace. I assure you, there's nothing more pleasant, or better for your game!

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