Instructional Tip - Using Rhythm to Improve Your Score By Fabio Colon
The fastest way to shave strokes off of your game is to improve your short game. The average player will hit less than 50% of their greens in regulation, leaving a lot of opportunity in scoring dependent upon how close you can chip or pitch the ball to the hole.
A large part of how well you can chip and pitch has to do with rhythm. Historically, the players with the best short game have always had a good sense of rhythm which leads to much more feel around the greens and consistent shots. By working on rhythm and synchronization in your short game you can assure that your club hits the ground in the same spot consistently producing predictable shots and repeatable results.
Here’s a drill I use with many of my players on synchronizing the body, arms and hands.
1. Using a wedge, set the grip end of the club into your belly button.
2. Take your grip down the shaft as if you were actually setting up to hit a shot.
3. Swing the club back and through about three feet in each direction without allowing the club to pull away from your body. 4. Lastly, setup to the ball like normal. Hit the shot trying to repeat the same synchronized feeling. Contact should feel like the club head just skimmed along the ground at a shallow angle, clipping the ball off the turf.