short game

the aspect of golf considered in relation to the ability of a player to hit medium or short shots, as chip shots, pitch shots, and putts, with accuracy. Compare long game ( def 1 ).
a card game in which not all cards in the pack are dealt before play. Compare long game ( def 2 ).

1850–55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Not that a long baseball game is by definition numbingly dull or a short game
  necessarily taut with tension.
Practice facilities include a multi-tiered putting area and short game practice
The club offers golf instruction that teaches the basics or helps you improve
  your full swing, short game and putting skills.
The courses host an annual junior golf tour and feature pro shop, driving
  ranges, and short game practice areas.
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