Academy Tip of the Month
Chipping is one of the most important parts of the game that is easy to learn. It can also drastically lower ones score but very few people practice it properly. We execute chipping when we hit the ball just a few yards from the green in an attempt to give our selves a makeable putt. Follow these rules to improve your chipping:
- Rule #1 - Weight forward, hands slightly forward at address and keep them there. This allows you to hit slightly down on the ball and catch the ball solidly.
- Rule #2 - Pick a landing spot just on the green (a few feet on, just past the fringe). When the hole is close in proximity choose a lofted club to allow for less roll. If the hole is further on the green (lots of green to work with) choose a lower lofted club such as a 7 or 8 iron to let the ball release to the hole with a shorter swing. With smaller more concise swings you will get more consistent contact and better overall results.
- Rule #3 - Consistent tempo. Make sure you have the same smooth rhythm both backswing and forward, this will allow for predicted results on how far the ball will roll out. If you get quick with the tempo the ball will come out hotter with more rollout and exactly the opposite if you decelerate through the shot.
If you focus these 3 basics the next time you go to practice you will see increased results in your chipping and lower scores. Always remember a good short game can make up for a lot of mistakes that can happen throughout a round! As always, consult our PGA of Canada Professional at the Highland Pacific Golf Academy with any questions and they will be glad to help.