Mid-Season Short Game Boot Camp-Chipping

If your scores haven’t been improving this season, then maybe it is time to step up the practice around the greens.  Over the next few weeks, I will be posting tips and drills to help you improve your short game.

 Chipping Faults and Fixes

You have probably heard a lot of tips about the importance of having light grip pressure. Well, light grip pressure is fine for your full swing, but that’s not what you should do when you chip the ball.

For full swing shots, you want to have light grip pressure so you can open and close the clubface as well as hinge and unhinge your wrists. When you chip the ball, you actually want to keep the clubface very square through the stroke and holding the grip tighter can help you do that.

On a full swing shot, your left thumb should point down the right side of the shaft. This will help you hold the club in your fingers of your left hand and creates swing power by letting your left wrist hinge/unhinge and your left forearm rotate.

Full Swing Grip
Full Swing Grip

On a chip shot, your left thumb should point straight down on top of the shaft. This grip puts the club in the palm of your left hand and helps you keep the clubface square during the stroke.

Chipping Grip
Chipping Grip

Holding the club firmly in the palm of your left hand will also help you keep the club swinging straight back and straight through without letting your wrists breakdown.

On-Course Exercise-Practice chipping using this drill. Place a club 8 to 10 inches behind your ball and perpendicular to the target line, swing back up and over club while then coming back down across it.  As you hit the chip and miss the club, making a downward descending blow on the ball.  This drill will prevent you from swinging up or scooping the ball.

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One thought on “Mid-Season Short Game Boot Camp-Chipping”

  1. Great tips Karen. Being able to get up and down green side is a great area to improve for many of us and a place where we can shave strokes off our scorecard.

    I guess using a club behind your ball is a good way to make sure you’re not going to hit it! I’d be afraid of damaging my club.

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