Fight or Flight?

Fight the urge to use the same club when flight is so im­por­tant to great chip­ping

Golf Digest Middle East - - Contents - Jack Woods is a PGA Teach­ing Pro­fes­sional at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club’s Peter Cowan Academy Dubai. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

All chip shots are not cre­ated equal. by Jack woods

“It’s the old one club doesn’t fit all sce­nario.”

Ioften start a chip­ping les­son by ask­ing the player what club they would use from a se­ries of dif­fer­ent lies. The re­sponse is in­vari­ably the same – one, trusty old wedge is re­peat­edly pulled for ev­ery shot.

The prob­lem with this method is there are so many dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios that re­quire a dif­fer- ent flight. It’s the old one club doesn’t fit all sce­nario so com­mon with club golfers.

If you watched closely at the re­cent Open Cham­pi­onship, you’ll have no­ticed the world’s best us­ing a va­ri­ety of weapons on the firm and fast Carnoustie links to pro­duce dif­fer­ent chip shots, rang­ing from the high lob shot to the clas­sic old bump and run. Un­der­stand­ing what flight each of our clubs will pro­duce re­quires some ex­per­i­ment­ing on the prac­tice green, hit­ting shots with each club from dif­fer­ent lies and ob­serv­ing how they dif­fer. Clearly chip­ping with a seven iron will cre­ate a very dif­fer­ent shot to that of a lob wedge, even with­out ad­just­ing our tech­nique. From here we need to de­cide which club is most ap­pro­pri­ate for each shot we are pre­sented with out on the course. The best way to do this, as shown above, is to trust our in­stincts by imag­in­ing how you would throw the ball given the chance. If you feel you would in­stinc­tively run the ball along the ground be­cause there is a tier to go up or a lot of green be­tween the ball and the hole, this would sug­gest some­thing with less loft such as a seven iron (far left) is best. On the other hand, if you would throw the ball up high and land it near the flag be­cause there is a bunker to go over or lit­tle green to work with, your most lofted club (right) is the op­tion. Prac­tice this lob drill, re­peat with the re­quired club and watch your scores dip.

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