Inside Golf - - Front Page - Jim­law

HAV­ING a good short game is es­sen­tial to shoot­ing low scores and play­ing to a low hand­i­cap. Think about it this way:

Most golfers will miss more than 9 greens in reg­u­la­tion in an 18-hole round. Out of those shots, the ma­jor­ity of them will be from the fringe or fair­way. So it’s important that we get those shots as close as pos­si­ble to the hole to give us a chance to one-putt.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween these two shots is sim­ply:

Chip: Min­i­mum carry, max­i­mum roll (Low tra­jec­tory, less spin)

Pitch: Max­i­mum carry, min­i­mum roll (High tra­jec­tory, more spin)

Now, with both the chip and pitch, our fo­cus is to max­i­mize good con­tact. So what we need to do is: 1. Set-up nar­rower with weight on

the front side 2. Kick in the back knee to keep the

weight for­ward 3. Push hands slightly more to­wards

the tar­get 4. Pivot around t he f ront l eg

through­out the swing

This en­sures that the club­head hits the ball and then ground on the de­scent, which is the most important as­pect of good con­tact.

How­ever, be­cause t he shots are dif­fer­ent, there will be a slight dif­fer­ence in tech­nique. And by slight, I mean ONE: Ball Po­si­tion.

Chip: Ball in mid­dle or fur­ther back in stance (de-lofts club­face, which causes the ball to fly lower with less spin)

Pitch: Ball for­ward in the stance, where your hands are just over the ball (Max­i­mizes the club’s loft, which causes the ball to fly higher with more spin)

So, if you have plenty of green to play with, you want to play a chip be­cause you’ll be mak­ing a shorter swing and a ball that rolls is more con­sis­tent. If there’s less green, how­ever, play a pitch so that the ball doesn’t roll too far past the hole.

Pitch­ing po­si­tion

Chip­ping po­si­tion

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