Golf Pitching & Chipping Game: The Landing Zone Challenge


This is a great test of your shot-making skills around the greens.  Shooting a low score requires imagination, as well as great control over distance, trajectory and spin.


How to Play

To play the Landing Zone Challenge pitching & chipping game, do the following:

  • Pick a cup on the practice green that you can pitch to from the fairway, giving yourself at least 10 yards (9m) of green to play with between the edge of the green and the cup.
  • Create six landing zones, each one 6 feet (1.8m) wide and 3 feet (90cm) deep, stretching from the edge of the green towards the flag – see Figure 1.  We like to mark the zones with small marker cones that you can buy inexpensively from most sports retailers.

The Landing Zone Challenge Pitching Game

Figure 1.  Landing Zones

  • Drop a dozen balls on the fairway at random, between 5 and 20 yards from the green, in line with the landing zones and the cup.  You may need more balls later, but you must play all of the first 12 before you “reload”.
  • Play the balls in a random order, each time calling out a landing zone (from 1 to 6) where you will pitch the ball and leave it within 6 feet (1.8m) of the cup.
  • The aim is to land a ball in each of the landing zones in as few attempts as possible.
  • Record, in your practice session log, how many balls it takes you to hit all six landing zones, while leaving the ball within 6 feet (1.8m) of the cup each time.  Try to beat your best score each time you play

It is important that you perform your full pre- and post-shot routine for every pitch.  Read the lie for each shot, and carefully determine the required club, trajectory and landing spot.  Take your time to visualise the shot, try the right amount and react to the target.  Use your post-shot routine to actively build your self-image and learn from your mistakes.

When playing this game, you should be paying full attention and trying your best to shoot a low score.

A score of 12 or less is excellent, and 24 or more is poor – you have a lot to gain by working on your pitching & chipping technique.  The best score we’ve seen is 10.

Always record your score in your practice session log, and try to beat your best score each time you play this game.  The competitive edge is crucial.

After you play, take the time to make notes in your practice session log of any common mistakes or distances that you particularly struggled with.  Think about what you can do to improve before the next time you play.

This game forms part of the Golf Loopy Pitch & Chip like a Champion series, the sensational new pitching and chipping game improvement system that will help you to improve every aspect of your performance around the greens.  The improvements will be dramatic, and they will be permanent.


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