|The key to consistent chipping: a smooth motion that allows the clubface to just nip the ball off the ground. (Chris Odom/Eclipse Sportswire)|
Here's a simple tip to control your shots more effectively around the greens. Set up with a narrow stance keeping your weight placed on your forward foot and remember to keep the shaft leaning toward the target (hands slightly ahead of the ball).
Next try choking down on the grip as this will help you gain control and increase feel. You want to be sure to keep the clubface square and feel like you are brushing the ground during the swing.
The key to consistent chipping is a smooth motion that allows the clubface to just nip the ball off the ground.
Let the loft of the clubface get the ball in the air, don't try to "help" the ball up! Feel as though you are throwing the ball underhand toward the hole.
Practice throwing golf balls underhand to the hole then using the set-up described above try the same underhand motion when you chip.
Chipping is all about getting the proper feel of the chipping motion. If you practice this tip for five minutes before every round of golf you will be sure to lower your scores.
October 21, 2008
Les Miller was a longtime Golf Writers of America member who covered golf instruction for several newspapers and golf publications. His many years of experience as a golf professional, director of product development and tour relations for several major golf companies gave him a unique background and ability to help golfers increase their enjoyment of the game.