Chipping into the grain of the grass
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