2012-05-25 / Sports

Golf Tip Of The Week By Joel Garyn

Perfecting The Chip Shot

Ball back, hands forward, and weight forward. This promotes the slightly descending angle of attack and crisp strike necessary to produce good chip shots. Choke down on the club two inches, weight on the left foot, and maintain a light grip pressure.

Hinge the Right Wrist on the takeaway. This is mainly an arm swing with a gentle rocking of the shoulders. The Right Wrist hinge helps set the hands in a dominant position to lead the club head down into the ball.

Hands Lead in the Hitting Zone

For solid contact, try to return the hands, arms and the club head EXACTLY to where they were at address. The weight should stay on the left side throughout. This helps produce a ballthen turf contact, squeezing the ball out toward the target.

Stance: Adopt a stance slightly more open than for a normal shot.

Ball: The ball is positioned further back in stance – in line with the back foot instep.

Weight: Shift weight toward left foot to promote a downward strike. The chip shot’s sole function is to loft the ball over any uneven ground ahead and onto the relatively even surface of the putting green, rolling smoothly toward the hole.

We went over the chipping a while back, but I think it is such an important phase of the golf game it deserves to be explored in depth.

Practice the above until it becomes a permanent experience that you can call on and not think about it when doing it! Have a great week.

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