Use Winter to Improve Your Short Game

One of the great selling points of the golf course at High Meadows Golf and Country Club is the course is playable year-round. The grass stays green and the sun warms things up just enough to make playing a quick nine holes or even riding in the cart for 18 a possibility on many days. But let’s face it, there are some days that the weather is just too cold to suffer through a game of golf, or the short days make it hard to squeeze in even nine holes before sunset. That’s why winter is a perfect time to work on your short game. Take advantage of those days where it’s cold or you don’t have enough daylight hours for a full game of golf and head out to the putting green or even just to your own back yard to do a little practice on your short game.

Improving your putting and chipping skills is a great way to knock some shots off your final scores. Think about how many times during an 18-hole game your drive doesn’t make it to the green. With a good chip shot that gets you within feet of the hole, you still have a good chance of making par. Many people spend time improving their drive, hitting ball after ball at the driving range. But working on the short game can do its own share of improving your overall game.

Here are a few drills you can do at our practice green or even in your own back yard.


  • Hula Hoop Drill: Place a hula hoop around the hole or your target. Take 8 golf balls and place them in a line coming from the hula hoop at 5-yard intervals. You’ll end up with a ball every five yards from 5-40 yards away from the hula hoop. Starting at the ball closest to the hoop start taking a chip shot. This drill helps you work on a variety of different chip shots.
  • Coin Drill: Work on your contact without even using a ball. Line up three coins on your living room carpet and try to send them up in the air into a plastic cup. If you can get the coin off the ground it means you’ve made clean contact.


  • Yard Stick Drill: Place a yard stick 6 feet away from the hold or your target. Put a ball on the end farthest from the hole, and putt. The goal is to keep the ball on the yardstick the entire length of the stick. This means you have made square impact on the ball with your putter.
  • Compass Drill: Using 12 balls, place three each at intervals of about three feet away, in a pattern that will end up looking like lines coming from the hole in a north/south/east/west pattern. Start by putting the four closest and work your way outward. Every time you miss one, start over. This makes you feel like you’ve putted in the winning shot of the Masters when you make your 12th putt!

If you’d like more help with your golf techniques, contact the pros at our Golf Shop for lessons.

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