CHIP­PING AND PITCH­ING

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - 2017 Masters -

“There are a lot of guys who are a bit ner­vous chip­ping off short grass. And Au­gusta ex­poses that lack of con­fi­dence. I’ve seen guys chip­ping from ev­ery­where Mon­day through Wednesday, but come Thurs­day, they get their put­ters out.” . . . “Any­one who has that steep ‘swing left’ ac­tion has a prob­lem with the chip­ping. Graeme McDow­ell does that. So does Westwood. And Kaymer. That ten­dency to swing through im­pact with the hands in front of the club, it’s no good for chip­ping. The lead­ing edge of the club is ex­posed to the ground be­fore it gets to the ball. So they’re prone to stick the club in the ground. And when you do that of­ten enough, it’s in your head.” . . . “Bad chip­pers get found out by the pre­ci­sion re­quired around the greens at Au­gusta. You get away with noth­ing.” . . . “Jason Day and Stricker chip with very lit­tle hinge mo­tion. That works well from the tight lies you get at Au­gusta. Maybe that ac­tion isn’t the best when a flop shot is called for from a re­ally tight lie, but you can get by.” . . . “You can putt from nearly ev­ery­where. The fair­ways are cut so close, so you don’t have to chip. Ev­ery­one plays ‘Scot­tish golf’ around the greens. All of which helps the bad chip­per. Which is why Lee Westwood has had some suc­cess.” . . . “The grass around the greens is ac­tu­ally a lit­tle longer than it used to be, so the run-offs are not as long. I sus­pect that’s to stop guys from putting from just about any­where. They want you to chip, al­beit from lies that are not quite as tight as they used to be.”

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