The Short Game: Speciality Schools

Mastering the shots from 120 yards in to the hole is one of the fastest ways to lower your scores. Our Short Game Specialty Schools are each one full day of cutting-edge instruction covering all of the fundamentals of that specific skill. The three schools are: Putting, Chipping & Basic Pitching, and Wedge School.


One-Day School

Learn the few simple mechanical fundamentals common to all great putters: grip, grip pressure, setup, posture, aim, and putting stroke mechanics. How to virtually eliminate three-putt greens. Why confidence - not "perfect" mechanics - is the secret of great putting. Proven short putt strategies. How to develop a sensitive "touch" for precision distance control. Tour proven, cutting-edge techniques that will dramatically improve your putting and quickly lower your score. The art of reading greens, putting mental focus exercises, and pre-shot routine are also covered in this program. We cover long, medium and short putts in this school. We also discuss the dreaded "yips" - the causes and the cure if you suffer from them, and how to prevent the yips from gaining a foothold in your putting stroke.

We believe this is the most effective putting school in all of golf, and the results that our putting school graduates are achieving back up that claim! Putting comprises about 30% of your strokes in a round of golf (not including the "kick-in" or "gimme" very short putts) and thus is a key component of any effective score improvement program. With minimal time invested in practice (especially compared to full swing changes), you can experience significant improvement to your average score by working on your putting game. Take this fun and enlightening all day putting school and amaze your golfing buddies (and yourself!) with how quickly you can master the art of putting and quickly bring down those golf scores. One of our most popular golf schools!

Putting School dates & rates:

One-Day School

Why mastering the “wedge game” and the art of chipping and pitching can immediately save you 6-10 strokes per round of golf. Learn the basic mechanics of the chipping and pitching strokes, a proven method for controlling distance with your wedges, a fool proof method for getting out of greenside bunkers and close to the pin. and short game pre-shot routine. How to overcome the chipping "yips", how to “flop” it close to the hole, and the secret to playing the 30-50 yard wedge shot. Take this one day school and learn how to master the art of getting "up and down" from around the greens.

Wedges dates & rates:

One-Day School

A one-day program featuring intensive instruction focused primarily on helping our students to acquire real skill in the mechanics of an effective chipping and putting strokes. This is a fast way to really breakthrough to lower scores. The morning session is devoted to Chipping fundamentals and Putting fundamentals are covered in the afternoon session. This school is always held on the Wednesday before our Great Shot! golf schools so that our out of town students attending Great Shot! will also have the opportunity to work on their Short Game with Master Teacher Jim Waldron while they are in the Portland area.

One-Day Short Game Basics dates & rates:

Learn how to master the complete scoring game skills of putting, chipping, pitching, bunker shots, wedge distance control and specialty wedge shots. Especially recommended to two classes of golfers: high handicappers who struggle with high scores due to poor short game fundamentals and intermediate to low handicap players who have already mastered their golf swing fundamentals (like our Great Shot! graduates) who are seeking the competitive edge a good short game affords.Taking this two consecutive days “boot camp” on the short game is one of the fastest ways we know of to dramatic improvement in your golf score!

Day One: Putting. Day Two: Chipping and pitching. Bunker shots, flop shots, low spinning wedge shot, partial wedge shot distance control method, specialty wedge shots.

Two-Day Short Game School dates & rates:

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