‘Chip with stiff wrists for more consistency’
If you’re a confident chipper it can really take the pressure off the rest of your game, because you have faith that you can get upand-down if you do miss the green. Improve your chipping and you’ll usually find the rest of your game and your scores improve more than you’d expect.
Chipping should be one of the more straightforward aspects of the game. It’s a short swing so you don’t have to think about stuff like weight shift and turning your shoulders. Yet I still see so many amateurs having problems. These thoughts will help.
Pick your landing spot
I always begin by picking out the spot where I want the ball to land to release to the flag based on the lie and club I’m using. My thought on any straightforward chip is to swing the club ‘on the arc’. To do that, I like to eliminate any wrist action.
Rock your shoulders
I chip with stiff wrists, which allows me to return the clubface to the ball the same way every time. You can see here that my wrists haven’t hinged or cocked and the clubhead has stayed quite low to the ground. I take it away by rocking my shoulders.
Consistent club delivery
Simply turning my shoulders back through the ball without having to worry about manipulating my wrists enables me to present the true loft of the club at impact. This makes the ball fly and roll consistently so I’m able gauge distance pretty easily.