DAVID LEADBETTER

No more chunks and skulls.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents -

There are many rea­sons golfers strug­gle when chip­ping, but it’s of­ten the re­sult of a break­down of the wrist po­si­tions through im­pact. As the club­head ap­proaches the ball, the wrist of the trail arm flips and the wrist of the lead arm cups – of­ten an in­stinc­tive move to try to lift the ball off the ground with some quick hand ac­tion. But when the wrists break down like this, the club gouges the ground be­fore hit­ting the ball – a chunk – or the lead­ing edge con­tacts the top half of the ball – a blade.

So how do you pre­vent ei­ther from hap­pen­ing? Copy suc­cess­ful putters such as Jor­dan Spi­eth and hold the club cross-handed. That means the lead hand grips the club lower than the trail hand. Sounds rad­i­cal, but it re­ally isn’t. In fact,Vi­jay Singh, among oth­ers on the pro tours, used this tech­nique to try to im­prove his chip­ping.

It works be­cause it helps pre­vent that wristy mo­tion that kills so many short-game shots.Try hold­ing the club like this when you hit prac­tice chips, and get a feel for how the hands should move through im­pact – no flip!

You can then switch back to a stan­dard grip and re-cre­ate the ex­ag­ger­ated feel you just learned, or use this lead-hand low tech­nique when you play.The choice is yours, but this grip could res­cue your short game. – with ron kaspriske David Leadbetter, a Golf Digest Teach­ing Pro­fes­sional, runs 32 academies world­wide.

“Chang­ing the way you hold the club can work won­ders.”

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