Looking for advice or input on where I currently sit with my game. I’ve trended well this summer, dropping 5 strokes off my index - 13 to an 8. But I still struggle from essentially 80yds and in with chili dipping and skull f*&king the ball.
The last 2 years, I was a member of the local TPC course. Conditions were always fantastic but I struggled mightily on tight lies (especially when wet which happens quite frequently here in the Midwest) within 80-ish yards of the green. Massive mental scar tissue has been built up.
This year has gone much better at my new club. The course isn’t maintained as meticulously as the TPC track, but plenty of tight lies and wet conditions are present. I made great progress in July. I played 3 or 4 times a week and would practice around the greens with pitches and chips. Felt confident with various types of shots.
Fast forward to a couple weeks ago and the chili dips are back - most notably with my 58* (I go PW, 50*, 54*, & 58*). Example - on my favorite driving hole at my home club, I was sitting 87yds out from a mid pin, just begging me to go for it. Ball is in the first cut, with a great lie. Very little grass will be between the face and the ball. Go through my process, make my move, and skull f$%k the shit out of the ball into the shit over and behind the green. Make a 7. Scars have been ripped open.
Last week, I found a thread here where a Refugee was experiencing similar pains and a poster suggested the Phil short game “hinge and hold” video. I watched it, went out and practiced (on actual golf holes, not the range) using the method for a couple hours before my match. It felt good and I was confidently hitting pitches and chips again. Get into my match, I’m faced with the first chip off a tight lie and I pull it off nicely. The next couple opportunities to overcome, aaaaannnd back to chili dipping and skull f$%king.
I just can’t win so today I emailed my pro and will be spending some time next week trying to sort it out.
I’m certain a few of you here share in my misfortunes so what changes have you made or implemented that have helped you turn the tides in the short game? Lessons? Discover it and sort it out on your own? Change your equipment?