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I live in South FL, our courses have been closed for 2-3 weeks has anyone else experienced this during the pandemic. Our local track had to rope off the course as people were treating it like a public park. I know most of the state of FL golf courses are still open as social distancing is rather easy in golf any other experiences out there like this?
It feels like forever since the sun was last shining here in northern England and I was able to get out and hit some golfballs in the garden... although it was actually only 8 days ago! We're forecast some nice dry weather this weekend so I hope to get out there once again and teach myself some basics to improve my short game. Last week I tried a cricket-style shot, as suggested by my brother, where I decrease loft by keeping my hands in front of the club head and pushing through, popping the ball up off the ground and landing with little back spin. It is a delicate little shot, which worked well at a very short range, but I found I was digging the club into the turf. Any tips to avoid doing this? I think this shot could be used within close proximity to the green where there is little room for error...? Secondly I tried a more conventional chip where my hands are directly above the club head, totally square at the point on impact. I kept a shallow angle of attack and follow through, reducing the thins I usually hit. This worked better for longer range shots and stopped the ball dead due to increased backspin. I think this will become my default shot as it feels great lifting the ball into the aid and dropping it down so nicely. I enjoyed the control of this shot and figured out the placing the ball further forward/back determined how high the ball goes. Result! These shots are a real eye opener for me as I have never practiced chipping/pitching and just "go for it" during a round. I hope that by the time we get back onto the course I'll be able to put these into practice and see my scores reduce significantly. Ps. I hope you are all keeping safe and well, maintaining safe distances and doing everything possible to stay healthy.