Sharpen up with the Par-2 Challenge

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Make your practice more fun and boost your scores with this fun game

Approximately 70% of golf is played from inside 75 yards. But this distance can create the most challenges, giving awkward obstacles and lies that require a variety of shot types. Quality practise is key.

Challenge yourself to practise from different lies to expand your skill range, and try to get up and down in two from each one. The introduction of a scoring system, like the Par-2 Challenge, is a great way to determine strength and weakness - the better you are, the lower you'll score. Put yourself in the nine positions below and see how close you can come to shooting a score of 18.


Try playing it over an obstacle from short, conditioned grass. Get this down and you'll save shots.

If you miss greens, chances are you'll be left with an awkward lie. Get better prepared and practise.

This range of pitch is designed to give you a favourite full swing lay-up wedge distance when you are uncomfortable going for the green.

Get comfortable putting from distances. Try and leave your first putt within 10% of the overall distance as a guide for success.

Play the percentages and try a compact swing with a less lofted club and run the ball the majority of the way to the flag.


Bunker to clear and not much green to work with, there's really no other shot that'll do. Getting comfortable with the lob is essential.

Short-sided yourself in the thick stuff? It's a short shot but impact conditions make it challenging. Tricky but a real card-saver.

Spend time making golf's most feared hazard your ally. Practising your technique will do wonders for your confidence.


The greens are fast, your ball is sitting well in the rough. The difficulty with this shot is maintaining the control you need to fly the ball a considerable distance over the rough area and get it landing softly enough so that it slowly rolls to the side of the hole.


Scott Clark is a PGA teaching professional at the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy at Turnberry. For lessons, call Scott on 01655 334190. Follow him on Twitter @ScottClarkPGA

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