Friday, 3 August 2012

A Great Chipping Tip

Hitting a good drive close to the green is great, but failing to get on the green from less than 100 yards is extremely frustrating. Poor chipping will cost you a lot more shots than errant driving of the ball will.

Obviously the best way to get good at chipping is to practice and practice on the range until you've gotten a feel for the club and know exactly how you'll hit it in any conditions.

However, this tip should help immensely.

Make your hands lead the clubface through impact.
What does this mean? Well, imagine a normal stroke. Your hands are parallel with the ball as you strike it, or in some cases ahead or behind. With a chip, you want them to be ahead, almost as if you're wristing it.
Why is this? It means that you'll hit the ball on the downswing, rather than the upswing. Hitting on the up can result in a topped shot that has no legs.

How to achieve this:
  • At setup, move more weight onto your left foot
  • Put the ball in the back of your stance
  • Hands lead the stroke, ahead of the ball at impact
  • This will lead to a "chop" on the downswing, which will get the ball sailing high into the air#
Have fun putting this into practice on the course - at least you won't leave it short with this advice.

1 comment:

  1. Lots of strokes lost on shots 120 yards and in, especially if you miss the green, then chip and two-putt. That's four strokes when three should be the max. For solid iron play with spin into the green, remember, "Hit the little ball before the big ball."