Today, I want to speak to talk to you about chipping.
In my 20 years of teaching, I have had the pleasure of helping many people with the swing mechanics, but I have been successful because I have lowered the scores of my students after just one short game lesson. In this article, I’m going to explain in detail the method that has worked for all of my students.
The low shot will be used used about eighty percent of the time within 5 to 15 yards of the green. I want my students to use an 8 iron for shots of 15 to 20 yards from the hole.
Experiment with the putting grip it may give you better feel for distance. The heel of the club should be off the ground slightly in your chipping setup. The feel for distance can be easily acquired if you think of landing the ball a third of the total distance. Think of how hard you swing you use for putting to give you the proper amount of backswing and forward swing. The shaft of the club should be in line with the lead forearm not only a setup but also throughout the swing. The club head should travel back upward off the ground and relatively straight back on the backswing with the core or trunk supplying the power. The swing is void of any wrist hinge. The grip pressure remains light and constantly the same pressure the entire stroke.
Practice visualizing the height and landing spot behind the ball before you hit your shot. See the ball landing and rolling into the hole. As you prepare to hit the chip shot walk in from behind the ball and line up with a slightly open stance ensuring the clubface is aligned with the target. Take a couple of practice strokes looking at the landing spot as you swing. The moment you finish your last look at he landing spot bring your eyes back to the ball, but try to hold an image of the target in your minds eye the duration of the shot. Grad yourself on how well you can hold an image of the target.
The better and longer you can hold a target image the better your distance control will be.
The next shot you want to master around the green is the high shot. The high shot is used when you have little green between fringe and the hole.
Set up with the toes facing the target and the heels only six inches apart.
The shaft of the club of the club should be slightly behind the ball and the ball is positioned one inch in front of the center of the chest.
The high shot should be performed with either and sand wedge or lob wedge, and requires a longer backswing and wrist set. The ball should travel at least sixty percent by air before hitting the ground. The key to hitting the shot consistently is using the bounce of the wedge. Start at setup with the left wrist angled back in a cupped position. The bounce of the club can be exposed with the hands lightly behind the ball. Return the club at impact with the angled left wrist position by using the right hand.
The palm of the right hand will move toward the sky as you swing down into the ball and the club slides acts just it does in sand sliding instead of digging. Poor shots come from closing the club face at impact causing the leading edge of the club to dig into the turf. The forward swing should be slightly longer than the backswing. The high shot will require more practice to master.
Try these two swing techniques and you will find immediate improvement in your short game.