2012-03-30 / Sports

Weekly Golf Tips For All Levels, Men And Women

By Joel Garyn U.S.G.T.F. Golf Professional

Chip-shot-golf. Take a 6-, 7-, 8- or 9- iron or pitching wedge out of your bag. Use your normal grip for this chip shot.

Address the ball with a narrow stance; ball placed more towards the back foot. Open your feet and shoulders a little, not too wide.

Lean your body a bit to the left of the pin. Keep your shoulders and wrists firm, like you should hit with a putter. Hands ahead of the ball, inside your left thigh. Your left hand has to block the vision of your left knee (Right hand for left handed golfers).

Lean your weight to your front foot. Aim the face of your golf club towards the target.

Make a slow tempo swing with your arms and shoulders. Like you want to putt. Your arms and shoulders move like a pendulum clock.

Touch the ground – before you chip the ball. Crisp the grass. Accelerate through the ball and hit it off the toe of the club. Keep your hand ahead of the ball at impact.

The follow-through of a chip shot should have the same length as your back swing, as mentioned before, like a clock.

A short back swing will cause short distance chipping, a long one a longer trajectory.

Practice on the driving range or at the pitching and putting area; this will help you immensely with your short game chipping.

Don’t look up too early!! I think that’s my most important tip. Have a great week and we will touch on putting and green side bunker shots next week.

Call Joel Garyn, U.S.G.T.F. Golf Pro at 718-253-6816 or 1-347-404-3751 for private or group lessons at Riis Park Pitch and Putt or at the Brooklyn Golf Center Driving Range.

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