HOW TO HIT CHIPS THAT CHECK
Chunked chips are a common problem. The most common error is setting too much weight on your front foot and playing the ball too far back in your stance. This causes the hands to get too far ahead of the club, which leads to an excessively steep attack into the ball and inconsistent striking.
1 SET UP WITH A NARROW STANCE AT ADDRESS
You’ve probably been told you need to play the ball way back in your stance and set most of your weight on your front foot for chipping. As you can see, that’s not the case. Play the ball in the centre of an evenly balanced stance.
2 LET THE WRISTS HINGE EARLY
You’ve probably also been told you need to remove all wrist action from your technique. While you can play chips ‘dead-handed’, you sacrifice feel and versatility. Keep your hands soft and allow your wrists to hinge.
3 USE THE BOUNCE, NOT THE LEADING EDGE
Once your wrists have hinged, you need to release them. Feel as though your right hand works underneath your left through the impact area and think about striking the turf with the sole of the club, not the leading edge.