3 KEY RULES
Follow my three key tips to hit consistent chip, pitch and splash shots
Always check the lie of your ball before you even think about how you’re going to play a short-range shot. Whenever you see a top player prepare to hit a chip shot, the first thing you’ll always see them do is take a very close look at how the ball is sitting. The quality of the lie will influence not just your club selection, but the type of shot you can play.
Whichever shot I’m looking to play from within 100 yards or so of the green, I’m usually looking for a vertical attack angle with the shaft through impact. When I’ve got the club in that position I’m making full use of the loft on the club and I won’t have to manipulate the clubface through impact. The only exception to this is when I want to hit a bump-and-run. Then I’ll have the shaft leaning more towards the target.
Perhaps the most important rule of all for the short game is to accelerate the clubhead through the ball. That’s Phil’s mantra, too. If your hands stop moving, your wrists will instinctively flip at the ball to create the speed and you can hit all types of bad shots. I like to control most short-range shots with my upper body instead of relying on my hands.