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5:36 AM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Golf Tip: Focus on the short game

Did you know that over 50 percent of your strokes on the golf course will be up close to the green?

You will have many more "half shots" during a round than you will "full shots." So here's my question. Do you spend at least 50 percent of your practice time on the short game? I see lots of people on the driving range smashing drivers and hacking away at irons but spending very little time on chipping and putting.

All the pros on tour will spend two hours on the shot game (less than 100 yards) for every hour they practice full swings. That should tell us something. Where you will save strokes (and money) is by being a good chipper and putter. (Also, it's not as much work as bashing drivers.)

Mack McCarley is the PGA Professional at the Antelope Hills Golf Course and a member of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame