As in putting the number one cause of poor chipping is
unnecessary movement of the eyes, head and body. Movement
caused from the anxiety an individual has over the result
or outcome of their shot. When your worried about your
results, the task of making the stroke breaks down, which
causes premature movement of the head and body. This can
be identified as the physical process of looking up (before
you have completed your stroke) to see where you hit it.
This will ultimately result in poor technique which, ultimately
leads to poor result. If you teach yourself to be more
task oriented on completing the stroke with very little
unnecessary movement, the results will take care of itself.
of the most obvious inappropriate techniques that accompanies
premature movement is that of scooping your chips. Scooping
results in dubbed and fluffed, dipped and flipped, bladed
and sculled shots, as well as the dreaded double hit and
the unexpected sha-k, (I CAN'T EVEN TYPE THAT WORD). To
avoid the entire above chipping scenarios apply the following
As in putting the two rules of weight to the
left foot, and looking for the grass under the ball still
as the other 5 rules. In terms of your set up, position
the ball towards the back of your stance, which is behind
Place your hands forward of the ball and ahead of your
zipper, which is over the inside of your left thigh.
This will create
a straight line from your shoulder to the club head.
you will utilize a shoulder stroke, (not hands and not
body) so you can maintain the same appearance of
line, throughout the entire stroke. It is important
that the hands lead and the club head follows. This shoulder
stroke will create a descending stroke, which will
solid contact with the ball. The idea here is to make
contact with the ball first on the down stroke, and
then the grass.
The stroke can vary in length depending upon the situation.
I would start with a 9 iron and use a stroke that goes
from 7 o'clock to 5 o'clock. With this length stroke
will move from the inside left thigh to just outside
your right thigh on the back swing, to just outside
thigh on the completion of the follow-through.
low trajectory and plenty of roll with this particular
technique. Have fun in your practice experimenting
different clubs, which will produce different carry
to roll ratios.
The lower the club (6,7,8 iron) the less carry and
the more roll. The higher the club (9, PW, and SW)
and less roll. For instance if you are just off the
front of the green and the pin is on the front about
away, you may use a PW or a SW to produce maximum
carry, (75 to
80%) minimum roll, (25 to 20%). If the pin is in
the middle of this big long green and it was 30 feet away
use a 9 or an 8 iron to produce 50% carry to 50%
pin is way in the back of the green some 60 feet,
away you may use a 6 or a 7 iron to produce minimum carry,
30%) maximum roll (70 to 80%).
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