Can’t chip? My sim­ple setup tips will elim­i­nate chunks or skulls.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - - WITH PETER MORRICE B H is based at Rio Secco GC, Hen­der­son, Ne­vada.

W hen I get stu­dents who com­plain about poor chip­ping, here’s where I go rst:How far are they stand­ing from the ball? If you’re more than a foot away, you’re adding vari­ables that just aren’t nec­es­sary.The big­gest is­sue is, the club will tend to swing around your body, with the face fan­ning open (top photo). It’s hard to hit a good chip from that po­si­tion.

Here’s a sim­pler way to go. Start with your back foot across from the ball, and get very close to it.That sets the ball po­si­tion back in your stance.Then, sole the club­head be­hind the ball, and aim the face on the line you want the shot to start. Raise the grip, so the shaft is more up­right. Fi­nally, put your front foot in po­si­tion – keep­ing the stance nar­row – and lean your weight and the grip a touch to­wards the tar­get. Now you’re ready to make a sim­ple back-andthrough stroke, hit­ting slightly down on the ball.

The key is get­ting the shaft more ver­ti­cal at ad­dress.That keeps the club­face look­ing at the tar­get as you swing back and through (be­low) and pre­vents the club from veer­ing to the in­side. From this setup, it’s tough to hit the ball o line, or chunk or skull it.Why not keep it sim­ple?

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