DAVID LEAD­BET­TER

Get your chip­ping mo­tion more con­sis­tent.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents -

If you’re strug­gling to con­sis­tently hit good chip shots, you might want to copy the sim­ple tech­nique many pros use.They elim­i­nate ex­tra­ne­ous hand-and-wrist ac­tion to cre­ate a more re­li­able chip­ping mo­tion.This “wrist­less” shot is so easy to ex­e­cute, I did it with­out crush­ing one of my trade­mark hats (above). Learn to do it in four sim­ple steps.

David Lead­bet­ter op­er­ates 25 golf acad­e­mies world­wide.

1. NAR­ROW YOUR STANCE

▶ Set up with your body aligned slightly left of the tar­get and your weight favour­ing your front foot. The key ad­just­ment here is to stand with your feet close to­gether. That helps pre­vent ex­cess body mo­tion, which could lead to poor con­tact.

2. SWING THE TRI­AN­GLE BACK

▶ Take note of the tri­an­gu­lar shape formed by your arms and ch­est at ad­dress. When you make a back­swing, your goal should be to pre­serve that tri­an­gle by turn­ing your ch­est away from the tar­get.

3. STAY­ING CON­NECTED

▶ Keep the up­per part of your right arm touch­ing the side of your ch­est through­out the stroke. But make sure you don’t be­come tense or stiff. This con­nec­tion will help you con­trol the swing.

4. QUIET YOUR HANDS

▶ Ro­tate your ch­est to­wards the tar­get as your hands and wrists stay vir­tu­ally in­ac­tive. The longer the chip, the more ag­gres­sively you should ro­tate. Con­trol dis­tance by the speed of your turn, not the length of your swing.

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