SOUND CHIP­PING TECH­NIQUE

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Locker Room -

Many peo­ple think that chip­ping should in­volves only the arms, but to max­imise touch and ac­cu­racy it is im­por­tant to in­clude the body, specif­i­cally the shoul­ders. This sim­ple drill helps golfers learn the feel­ing of con­nect­ing their body with their arms when chip­ping, which should im­prove strike qual­ity and con­sis­tency.

Place a club un­der the arms, mak­ing sure it sits just above the el­bows. Weight should favour the left side (right-han­ders) and it stays on the left on the back­swing, even though the body turns. On the down­swing, al­low the weight to shift fur­ther left through the strike. By keep­ing the shaft un­der the arms dur­ing prac­tice swings, there is no choice but to turn the body in the through swing, or the club will fall out. The in­clu­sion of the body with the arms al­lows for greater con­trol.

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