Chip­ping into the grain of the grass

Inside Golf - - Instruction - LeeHar­ring­ton

WE all know that the short game is the cru­cial area that we can im­prove to knock shots of your score. Be­ing armed with a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent tech­nique op­tions in your chip­ping game will give you more suc­cess and bet­ter re­sults.

Have you ever played a course where the blades of grass lie at dif­fer­ent an­gles around the green? This is the Grain of the grass, and chip­ping into the grain of the grass is one of the tough­est chip shots to get con­sis­tently good con­tact and re­sults. When you are chip­ping against the grain, it is im­por­tant to make good con­sis­tent con­tact with the ball first.

Here is a lit­tle tech­nique change to com­bat this: • Place the ball a lit­tle fur­ther back in your stance and keep the face of the club a lit­tle more open • Raise your hands higher with the club like a put­ter set up. This will place the heel of the club off the ground at ad­dress • Weaken your left hand grip to see fewer knuck­les • Place your weight on the left (or for­ward) foot dur­ing set up and dur­ing the shot • Dur­ing the shot, turn through with your chest and hip

Ad­dress­ing the ball like a put­ter with the heel off the ground will cre­ate less drag into the grain be­cause less bot­tom edge will con­tact the grass. Weak­en­ing the left hand will keep the club­face open there­fore al­low­ing the club to slide and not dig into the grain of the grass. Turn­ing your chest and hip through to face the tar­get line will keep the club head trail­ing the shaft.

Try these changes when next fac­ing a chip shop into the grain.

Weight for­ward, with the club’s heel slightly raised

Club up­right like a put­ter

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