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Golf can best be described as a journey that never ends. Those of us who have enjoyed this sport for a long time have come to the understanding that it is about the ride, always improving and enjoying success, never a final destination.

Like any sport, your goal on the golf course is to get better, plain and simple, while reaping the benefits of the process.

Improving Your Short Game Is The Key To Advancement

There are over 36 million people in the United States alone that play golf, as reported from the National Golf Foundation. Almost half of these people are between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. Over 20% of these players are female golfers. Golf fans spend an enormous amount of money every year on golf equipment and golf course fees, over $25 billion in fact.

$25 billion dollars is an incredible sum of cash that results from passionate golf players. Ironically, of all this money that is spent playing golf, the average scores taken statistically have not improved that much over the years.

The overall average score is approximately 100. Only 22% of golfers score better than a 90 (for the 18 hole course). And the par on just about every golf course is 72.

Don't Be A Statistic

Not everyone who plays golf has a desire to constantly increase their score, but it's safe to say that most of us do. Statistics from the National Golf Foundation also show a poll that shows the average golfer is happy to shoot a score of around 85. Not a bad score, but perhaps it's time to kick it up a notch and learned some of the secrets to improving your short game.

What Is The Short Game?

When you think of professional golfers, the first thing that comes to mind is the vision of Tiger Woods or Greg Norman teeing off and sending the ball skyrocketing to great distances. But these guys do not win because of their wonderful long-distance tee shots. Their golf skills are the result from making most of their golf shots from the fairway to the green: called the short game.

The secret to improving your score is understanding and learning techniques to master your short game. Regardless of your score, more than half of your strokes will come from playing the short game.

Did you know that 50% of your score stems from all shots taken within approximately 75 yards from the green? This percentage includes bunker shots, chips, pitches, and of course, all putt shots.