legitimategolf wrote:(Sorry about that broken youtube tag. Will work on it!)
I feel like a tool whenever I recommend it but...Phil Mickelson "secrets of the short game" DVD is the tits! I watched in when it came out a few years ago, and honestly I don't remember a lot of the specifics. But I do remember that it confirmed a lot of what I thought to be true and that alone was helpful. It does a great job of illustrating (via CGI) the dynamics of impact. Contrary to what I expected Phil keeps things dead simple. "hinge and hold" on the vast majority of short shots. "hinge and hold" alone, I don't know if that's Phil's original phrase, but IMO it's a major contribution to the lexicon of golf instruction.
If you have Netflix it should be on there--that's how I saw it.
I agree. I tell people constantly that if they are going to watch one golf video the rest of their life, watch Phil Mickelson's "Secrets of the Short Game". I can say with absolute certainty that my wedge play is the best part of my game. After my extended break, it's taking a bit of time to get it back. However, any time I am inside 100 yards, I take out my wedge with the expectation of having a sinkable putt on my next shot.
Everything inside of 100 is hinge-and-hold. Once I learned to make good contact consistently with it, the next step was learning basically three swings (short, medium, and back) and what distance each achieved. I'll tell you what. Golf becomes a different game when you *know* that you're going to clear the bunker on that tough pitch shot from 50 yards out. Last fall, before I stopped playing, I even started sinking those types of shots from time to time. Of course, my scores were still terrible because I can't drive or putt, but that's another story.
Chip shot, pitch shot, punch shot, flop shot, and blast shot. They are all essentially the same swing for me using hinge-and-hold. The only one I really ever struggle with is the flop shot. But as Phil says, if you find yourself having to use a flop shot a lot, you're probably not scoring very well. Even the pros struggle with that shot.