Duff­ing a sim­ple chip

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - INSTRUCTION -

Afraid of catch­ing the ground be­fore the ball on a chip shot, the club golfer typ­i­cally moves the ball back in the stance and pushes the hands forward, rea­son­ing that a more down­ward strike en­cour­ages clean con­tact. In fact it pro­motes the very con­tact he’s try­ing to avoid.

Why this set-up digs the turf

‘Ball back, hands forward’ cre­ates mas­sive lean in the shaft, which seats only the sharp, lead­ing edge of the wedge’s sole against the turf. This sharp edge digs as soon as it makes con­tact with the ground, mean­ing any pre-ball ground con­tact re­sults in heavy con­tact rather than ‘bruis­ing’ it.

See the bounce

Your wedges were built with a duff safety net – bounce on the sole. It sets the mid­dle of the sole lower than its lead­ing edge, with the club soled in its de­signed po­si­tion. Us­ing it means that, even if you hit be­hind the ball, the club will re­sist dig­ging and res­cue the strike.

Use maker’s an­gle

Put the club down as its de­signer built it, the sole flush to the turf, and you’ll see gen­tle forward shaft lean. At this an­gle the curved, for­giv­ing part of the sole en­gages the turf.

Fo­cus on the shaft an­gle

Hit some chips in prac­tice to get used to the feel­ing of us­ing the sole. Place the club be­hind the ball in the mid­dle of your stance and de­liver it with that slight forward shaft lean you set at ad­dress. You’ll soon de­velop a con­sis­tently clean strike.

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