HOW TO HIT CHIPS THAT CHECK

Golf Australia - - PRE-SUMMER PRIMER -

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.

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