April is “Scoring Zone” Month on the Golf Channel. It’s also a great time to work on your short game, especially if you live in an area where you see a lot of sunshine. One of the biggest reasons why golfers hit their chips and pitches fat is that they fall back through the hit, causing the clubhead to bottom out soon and lay the sod over the ball. But if you have access to the sun, you can stop being a groundhog and fix this dreaded mis-hit rather quickly.
In Part 3 of a four-part video instructional series on “Scoring Zone” shots, GolfChannelAcademy.com lead coach Kyle Morris of The Golf Room in Dublin, OH, explains how you can use your own shadow to help you maintain your posture and bring the low point of your swing forward, just past the ball. This produces the crisp, ball-first contact that you’re looking for on most of your short-game shots. With better contact comes better distance control and more birdie opportunities.