‘Prac­tise land­ing it in the hole to im­prove your chip­ping feel’

CHRIS PAIS­LEY

Golf World (UK) - - TIPS FROM THE TOUR -

There are two el­e­ments to be­ing a good chip­per. The first is tech­nique to get a high qual­ity and con­sis­tent strike, and the sec­ond is feel. I work on feel by go­ing onto the tightly-mown fringe of the green and try­ing to land the ball in the hole. This gets me away from think­ing about tech­nique and shifts my fo­cus ex­ter­nally to my land­ing spot.

Al­ter the shots and clubs

I like to mix up the tar­gets from holes that are very close all the way up to maybe 20 yards away. I also mix up the club to see how this af­fects the flight and re­lease if I don’t hole it be­cause it’s all valu­able feed­back for pick­ing the right shot on the course.

Ap­ply it out on the course

This drill helps you con­trol carry dis­tance and un­der­stand re­lease. I choose the club that makes the shot as easy as pos­si­ble, so if I’ve got green to work with I’ll use a 9-iron. I re­mem­ber Seve say­ing he picked what­ever club would land the ball two feet onto the green and re­lease the right amount. I go along with that.

Keep go­ing un­til you hole it

Some­times I will build some pres­sure into my prac­tice by say­ing I can’t stop un­til I’ve slam dunked one or two shots. It’s ob­vi­ously quite tough to do so this is for the shorter shots, but it’s a great way to recre­ate on-course pres­sure.

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