By having a practice routine for the short game you will be better equipped to handle most surprises on the golf course!
First, SURVEY the area and decide the lie of the ball, terrain and conditions.
Secondly, PICTURE the shot you want to make and the "spot" on the green where you need the ball to land to end up at the pin.
Next, REHEARSE your intended swing to remind your muscles of what they need to execute.
Lastly, EXECUTE the swing that was rehearsed.
After the appropriate shot has been made, EVALUATE the result. If it was a good shot, then store it in your memory bank; if not-then practice an immediate swing correction.
LPGA Professional Kelly Kleckner teaches at Cherokee Ridge Golf Course in Colorado Springs, Colo. She played collegiate golf for Colorado State University, and is the founder and director of the LPGA Girls Golf Club for the area. She coaches and teaches private and semi-private lessons all year. For more information call 719-576-9176.