As one approaches the hole, the muscles and nerves tend to tighten as the margin for error becomes smaller and the demand for deftness of touch becomes more pronounced. Even the most casual golfer can tell you that the vast majority of strokes that are taken will be from 60 yards in. As Raymond Floyd, one of the great short-game players on the PGA Tour, relates in his book The Elements of Scoring: “Once you become good at the short game, it transforms you as a golfers. A good short game greatly reduces the pressure to hit your long shots well: That fact alone can actually improve your ball striking. When you’re playing well and feeling confident, a good short game allows you to be aggressive because you know you can recover from a lost gamble. When you’re playing poorly, a good short game makes it easier to stay patient and weather the storm.”
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