Control your chip shots.
When it comes to chipping, you might have been told to hit down on the ball with the handle leaning towards the target at impact. Chipping this way might allow you to hit it solid, but I bet you’ll struggle controlling where the ball ends up.
Instead, what I do is produce a wide swing bottom, with the club gliding along the turf and into the ball – instead of crashing down on it.This allows my club to strike the turf, yet still contact the ball low on the clubface.That’s key to producing loft and spin, and you need both to get the ball to stop where you want it to. I’ll explain.
When I’m chipping from closely mowed areas, I know I can put good spin on the ball to stop it using my standard chipping technique – rotating my body towards the target like you see here (above).The mistake is to get a little wristy through impact and catch the ball on the upswing. Even if you approached it on a shallow angle, you’ll likely blade the shot if the club moves upward through impact.
When I’m chipping out of the rough, I can’t produce the same amount of spin because the club comes in contact with more grass.That means I have to use loft to get the ball to stop quickly.To pop the ball up, I simply make a bigger swing.Again, the club slides along the grass, but the bigger swing creates more swing speed which, lets the ball roll up the clubface, oat in the air and land soft. —