Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Chipping Fundamentals

• Typically, chip shots are hit with the seven, eight, nine, pitching wedge, sand wedge, or lob wedge. The ball should be in the air just long enough to clear the rough or fringe, and then roll to the cup.

• Grip down on the club so your hands are closer to the shaft. This will give you more control and helps promote a descending swing.

• Use a stance directly square to your target or take a slightly open stance by pointing you front foot more towards your target. Use whatever feels more natural.

• Get into an athletic stance with your knees slightly flexed. Your weight should be distributed more on your front leg.

• Keep ball positioned in the back of your stance just off the inside heel of your back foot.

• As you set up, club should be angled so your hands are ahead of the club head.

• Swing with a pendulum motion. Use your shoulders, arms, and hands together in one motion. Do not break your wrists during this shot. The back of your left hand must lead the club head through impact.

• Strike the ball with a downward, descending blow. Make sure to accelerate through impact.

• Aim for a spot on the green that you would like to land the ball.