An easy-to-follow drill that will improve your chipping ability
Chipping can be made easy and the way to do this is by keeping things simple. And by that I mean aiming for just one simple feeling — that of being low through the ball. This penalty shootout drill is designed to help those players who find chipping the ball into the air difficult or who struggle with
inconsistent contact. Sound like you? Then read on…
Set up and backswing
First up, place two goal posts (buckets) with a cross bar (club) about 1 metre in front of you. Stand a little closer to the ball at set-up than you normally do. The reason for this is because it will allow the club to move back on a straighter path.
Making the downswing
The key here is to feel as if you are hitting the shot as low as possible… and into the ‘goal’. The feeling generated is of the clubface travelling low towards the goal but the result will actually have the opposite effect on the ball, which will travel over the top of the goal into the air! There you have it, the perfect chip.
Achieve the result you want
A good thing to remember is that golf works a lot in opposites. If you swing the club low through the ball, the ball will go high — which is the opposite of how we would expect to get the ball heading in an upwards direction.
QUICK TIP: The aim is to feel as if you
are hitting low through the ball