THE BUMP AND RUN TECHNIQUE
When I look at this shot I think about what I want to try and achieve when I play it.
Marcus Wheelhouse gives an insight to this useful shot.
Simplicity is the key component
to a great repeatable short game. As a golfer you must have to understand the shot you want to play first.
The shot that we are talking about today involves you to transform a normal chipping action into a more efficient action that can save you shot after shot.
When I look at these two set up positions I ask: what do they encourage?
One creates a rotational action and one sets you up for a pendulum type action.
What do I want to achieve with this shot?
• Solid strike
• Trajectory to be consistent
• Consistent spin
With these 3 components vital in all chip-shots; being closer and having the shaft much more vertical at setup is crucial. The bump and run is a chip shot that will give the player a lower than normal trajectory and will roll for a high percentage of the shot.
I like to play this shot when.
• I have a pin that presents a lot of green and not much fringe or rough between myself and the pin
• the ball is lying in a very tight lie (No Grass)
• I have a firm fringe and/or a severe slope to negotiate. Among others.
What do I focus on when I hit this shot?
What I see with most players is that they have a normal set up position with their hands lower and the weight balanced on both left and right feet, and heel and toes.
What I like to focus on is having 70% of my weight on the left side and more weight on my toes and being very connected with my upper arms on my upper torso. Being so close creates my wrists to be bowed up or in ulnar deviation to be precise.
I want to keep my legs very passive and try and initiate my power of the shot from the upper half.
I am still going to have some hip rotation in this shot because I don't want to be wooden. One of the most important components that this set up brings is the ability for the club to work up and down the target line and not rotate around the body which causes inconsistency in strike, flight and direction and spin.
Just notice the difference in where the club is relative to the target line.. with a more vertical club throughout this shot can resemble the feels of hitting a putt. But the fundamental difference is you will see I turn all my body through this shot whilst my wrists don't move at all!
The feeling with all chip shots is that we create a sequence that has less arm pressure and more of a team work feel through the shot.
If you want to do more chipping work email me or go to my website, www.marcuswheelhouse.com and book in for one of my chipping hours.