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How to Hole Your Chips and Lower Your Score

How to Hole Your Chips

If your goal is to improve your short game and reduce your golf scores, the ideal way to hole your chips is to improve your golf chipping strategy. A strong chipping game is a vital part of the golf short game. By adding a variety of chip shots to your arsenal you will have the ability to easily improve your golfing scores.

Listed below are some fundamental tips for chipping for enhancing your chipping method and executing precise chip shots:

  • Maintain the same light grip pressure
  • Play the golf ball back in your stance with your hands forward
  • Maintain the knee flex at all times
  • Keep a consistent head position
  • Have your hands lead the club head through impact
  • Accelerate the club head through the ball

Touch and Feel are Vital to Good Technique

In addition to good technique, the delivery of a chip shot requires outstanding touch and feel. Maintain soft grip pressure during the stroke and you have the ability to feel the club head at all times. This is a necessity for hitting consistent and accurate chip shots.

Beneath are four of my preferred mini chipping tips. I use all of these shots during an average round of golf. These tips have consistently helped me to conserve strokes close to the green.

The Chunk and Run Chip Shot  – This shot is invaluable for when you need to play from thick rough around the green. It’s practically impossible to decide where to hit behind the golf ball for a chip that sits down in the rough. Either you don’t hit the shot hard enough, chunk it, or get it thin. To play the chunk and run chip shot set up with the ball slightly back of center in your stance and the hands forward of the ball. Concentrate on a spot two to 3 inches behind the golf ball where the club should enter the grass. Use a brief follow-through and  alter  the speed of the golf swing based on the distance you wish the golf ball to travel. Hit this shot similar to a bunker shot with an reduced follow-through.

The Low Runner Chip Shot  –  For a consistent chip shot which lands, takes one hop and consistently rolls out every single time this is the choice. Place the ball somewhat back of middle with the hands set ahead. This is mostly a dead arm chip shot; however, I do use a very small setting of the wrists. Sense that you close the club face down at contact and trap the golf ball. Lastly, finish with the toe of the  golf club facing the target as this should allow the ball to turn over and run with a consistent role each time.

The Soft Floating Chip  –  When you have very little green to work with and want to land the shot softly this is the shot to hit. Set up with the face open and ball in front of center. Feel like you carry the club head to the hole and keep the club face pointing in the direction of the sky throughout the follow-through. As this shot will come out high and soft make sure you hit it hard enough.

The Flop Chip – This is the shot you see the pros use on television when they have a small landing location and need to hit a high shot which stops swiftly.  Aim left of target, open up your club face and play the golf ball inside the front heal. Take the club back more upright, swing along your stance line and hit hard left through impact. Use either a 56 or 60 degree wedge for  executing this  shot, speed up the club and make sure to keep the club face pointing to the sky.

Practice your technique and some of these specific tips for chipping on the range before you try them on the course. You need to become comfortable as to which chip shot should be used in a certain situation. Keep in mind to be confident with the shot selection and always see the golf ball finishing near the hole.



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