Lake Tahoe golf: Lower your score by improving your short game |

Lake Tahoe golf: Lower your score by improving your short game

Kyle Thornburg
Special to the Bonanza
Practice using a variety of clubs to figure out what works for you in every situation you might encounter on the golf course.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — For those of you who were fortunate enough to enjoy this past weekend’s Ryder Cup matches, you were treated to some spectacular golf. From the very beginning foursome matches (alternate shot) to the singles matches on Sunday, both the USA & European teams put on a show that will be replayed for years to come.

In the midst of the spectacular shots, there were shots from the fairways that didn’t quite go as planned. The difference between a good Amateur player and a PGA Tour Professional is the short game and the consistency in which they recover from their poor shots.

When you work on your short game, your creativity should be at its peak. Don’t limit yourself to thinking, “I HAVE to use this club because … ??”

Go ahead and practice using a 7 iron from just off the green, using a gap wedge from the greenside bunker, and continue to learn how each club in your bag can be used during the short game.

Both the Championship Course and the Mountain Course offer practice areas for greenside chipping, pitching and greenside bunkers at both locations. The quickest way to lower scores is practicing all of the short game aspects. And don’t forget to spend time putting!

Kyle Thornburg is the Head Golf Professional for the Incline Village Championship Golf Course. Contact him for lessons or to dial in your short game by calling 775-832-2981 or email

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