By now I am sure that all golfers – me included – are so desperate to get back on the golf course again. Hopefully by the time it happens we have forgotten all our bad habits and can start fresh, on a clean page with only good and positive golfing thoughts.
This week we are going to focus on chipping. Chipping is one of the areas in the game that can save you a lot of shots off your scorecard.
There will be times when the putter can work nicely around the greens, but if you want to improve your chipping you need to put that putter away. It may be a short term solution using the putter, but in the long run you will do your game more harm than good.
Today we will go through the “chip-putt”, which you can play from a few feet off the green. You will mainly be using a 7, 8 or 9-iron, but you can use a wedge if you do not want the ball to roll too much. Not to be confused with a chip and run, the chip-putt is played with a putting stroke and you can also use your putting grip.
Choke down on your club and use a putting-like setup. Make sure that your hands are quite high and that the club is resting on its toe. By hitting the ball more off the toe end of the clubface, you will “deaden” the impact, which will make it easier for you to control your speed and distance.
You will find that you need to use a little more power than a normal chip and run shot, because you are taking your wrists out of the shot and mainly use a shoulder and arm stroke.
The idea is to pop the ball over the fringe, taking all the irregularities out and let it roll to the hole. You can even play this shot with a hybrid or fairway wood, you will be surprised how well it works.
Here’s a short video of an extra-ordinary shot that the brave ones can attempt!
Next week we will do some other basic chip shots that you will need when you are a bit further away from the green or when you need to chip over a bunker.
Good luck and stay safe.
Contact Ben if you would like more tips or drills on how you can improve your golf during the lockdown period.