There’s benefits to playing it straight
Last week, we spoke about he importance of the short game and choosing the right shot around the green.
The shot we focussed on was from an uphill lie, so today we’ll concentrate on a straight chip to a green that runs away from you.
A perfect example of this is the 18th hole at Kirkhill. It’s downhill all the way and that doesn’t stop at the green which slopes sharply from front to back.
If you find yourself in this position, it may be tempting to hit a straighter faced club and running it onto the green. That’s fine if the pin is at the back, but it’s not so good if the pin is at the front.
Instead, use a lofted club, maybe a 58 or 60 degree wedge .
You want to get the ball landing softly and letting the slope and gravity do the rest.
The all important element here is your hands, which should be almost completely passive throughout the shot.
Resist the urge to break them or flick at the ball as this could lead you thinning the ball through the green.
Set up with the ball roughly at the centre of your stance with your hands forward, slightly inside your left leg.
Make sure you take a big enough back swing or you’ll just scoop the ball up and end up well short of the hole.