Golf Chipping Tips You Can Do In Your Backyard

When you chip you should keep your wrists firm. And here is a great way to feel this.

Grab two clubs and grip one as normal and put the second club next to the first so you have an extension as is pictured below.  Once this is in place simply chip as normal and if you find that on your follow-through you hit your body with the extended club, then that is a sure sign you are using your wrists incorrectly.

For proper follow through

When chipping you should in effect be blocking the shot so the wrists don’t break down at all.  So simply keep practicing until your new chipping action becomes a habit.

 

 

 

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Drill for Chipping Accuracy

A lot of golfers lack accuracy in all areas of their game for one simple reason.  They aim the club in the wrong direction to start with.  Aiming the club should be one of the simplest things in golf but very few golfers do this well, and I think it’s because most golfers setup at the final target instead of an intermediate target.

Whether you’re chipping, pitching or hitting a long shot you should always pick out your final target and then imagine a line back from this to your ball, and then pick out a spot about 2-3 feet in front of your ball that you can aim at.  Doing this will make it much easier for you to aim your club, instead of trying to aim it at some target which is often yards and yards away.

Accuracy when chipping should be easy, but a lot of golfers find it difficult because they use too many moving parts.  Your chipping swing should move pretty much straight back and straight through. It is especially important that the clubface goes directly down the line towards the target, even after you’ve hit the ball.

A good drill to learn how to do this is by placing clubs on the ground pointing directly towards your target and either side of the ball so you have enough room to have the club move backwards and forwards to the target.  Just keep chipping balls making sure your club is going more or less straight back and straight through.

Chipping for accuracy

Obviously for longer chips and pitches the club should go on a more rounded arc, but for short chips you should play them just like long putts.  Actually it can also increase your accuracy if you use your putting grip for chip shots and use the same pendulum action.

Another great drill for improving chipping accuracy is to get a piece of four by two or an umbrella and place it so it’s pointing directly towards your target.  Then simply place a ball just on the inside of it so you have enough room to put the clubhead to the ball, then chip along the piece of wood or umbrella.  This drill will give you instant feedback as to whether or not you are swinging straight back and straight through.

So here’s a summary of what you should do to improve your accuracy when chipping…

•    Pick an intermediate target 2-3 feet in front of your ball on a line directly at your target.
•    Place clubs on the ground with enough room so that you can hit balls between them and this will act as a guide for you to swing straight back and straight through.
•    Chip along a piece of four by two to once again get the feeling of swinging straight back and straight through.

One final thought.  The more you can keep your club moving straight along your target line the more accurate you’ll be.  Good luck.

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Wedge shafts make a big difference

Custom Fit Your Wedges for a Sharper Short Game.

Custom fitting has become an increasing part of the equipment industry, with all
major manufacturers offering some kind of custom fitting program.  In addition, there
is a network of about 1,500 qualified custom clubmakers and clubfitters working out
of their small independent shops across the U.S. and Canada , and around the world.
More and more golfers are finding that tweaking their specs and experimenting with
different shafts can have a profound effect on their shotmaking.

But most of them totally ignore their wedges.

As a group, your wedges represent your “last best hope” of saving par and making
birdies, but how much attention have you really given them?  Almost every wedge sold
is an off-the-rack selection and over-the-counter transaction.  And you typically get
a “one-size-fits-all” shaft, probably chosen more for cost than performance.  A
little extra attention to your scoring clubs can yield big results in shaved strokes.

The reality is that no other club in the bag can benefit more from the extra
attention of custom fitting and tweaking the shaft than can your wedges.  A wedge
that is properly fitted in both lie/length specs and shaft flex can make a dramatic
improvement in any golfer’s short game.

The Importance of Shaft Choice in Your Wedges

No other clubs you carry are asked to perform at such a wide variety of swing speeds
as your wedges.  In every round, you hit shots at with all kinds of clubhead speeds,
ranging from full swings to not much more than putter speed.   This puts a unique set
of demands on the shafts.

There are two elements of shaft choice in wedges – flex and weight.  Regarding shaft
flex, your wedges should be closely matched to your irons.  If you play Regular flex
shafts in your irons, you should play a Regular Flex in your wedges.  As for weight,
if your irons have graphite shafts, you should strongly consider graphite in your
wedges as well.

But the wedge shafts are a different animal than that in all your other wedges.
Good wedge play requires a shaft that is soft enough to provide a little flexing
action at the slowest swing speeds – for head feel – but strong enough in the tip to
prevent ballooning trajectories when you make a full swing.   It may take a little
experimentation, and there are shafts on the aftermarket that are designed
specifically for wedges.  It’s worth some tinkering if you want your short game to
shine.

Custom Fitting of Your Wedges

Regardless of your shaft choice, every golfer can benefit from some custom tweaking
to his or her wedges.

First of all, take a tip from tour professionals . . . almost all of them have their
wedges set 1-2 degrees flatter than their irons.  That’s because nearly all wedge
shots are played with less than full swings, and the flatter lie promotes the “low
hands” path through impact that all good short game practitioners exhibit.  Since you
are generally flexed a little more at the knees when you play wedge shots, and taking
a shorter, slower swing, the flatter lie insures the sole of the wedge makes level
contact with the turf, so that the bounce is true.

The other consideration is length.  Even if you play your irons over standard, you
should be cautious about doing the same with your wedges.  Overlength wedges are
unwieldy.   At EIDOLON, we recommend that any golfer playing over-length irons should
keep their wedges to no more than half the over-length amount.  In other words, if
your irons are ½” over standard, play your wedges no more than ¼” over.  You’ll be
pleased with the results.

If you really want to improve your short game, make these changes to your wedges.  I
feel certain you’ll be impressed.

Terry Koehler

Advance tips for hitting wedges

Master Your Wedge part 2

You are close to the green.  Five yards from the fringe, even.  Grab your wedges and chip
away.

Not so fast skippy.

Before you hit your shot you need to look at three things before you choose your
club.

1:  What is between you and the green?

2:  What is between you and the pin?

3:  How far is it to your target landing area?
Let’s look at each of these factors.

If you have played a bit of golf on a few different courses, you now know that the
area around the green is not always a nice flat safe place to for hitting wedges from.

In fact, many greens are ‘protected’ so you are forced to hit a good shot from the
right approach in order to tame it.

Alas, many of us don’t have the control to choose exactly how we get close to the
green.  We are just happy we are close.

You will also find that greens have sand, trees, walls, hills, slopes, and water
surrounding them.  (makes you want to have a

little chat with the golf course designer, eh?)

So make a mental note of what terrain is between you and the green.  Hold that
thought.

Now look at the green.  They ain’t all round.  They ain’t all flat.  They move the
pin all over the place.

Where is the pin relative to you.  Is it right close to your edge or is it waaaaay
at the other end?  Is there a slope up or

down?  Or two tiers?

Is there even a straight line between you and the green or is the pin around a
corner?

Here is where you have to make your first decision.  Lob or roll?

As an example.  You are 5 feet from the fringe, the pin is 30 feet away at the other
end of a flat green.  You can safely hit

a long iron over the 5 feet and let the ball roll the distance to the pin.  Getting
the distance right is your goal here.

Or.  You are 5 feet away from the fringe and the pin is 4 feet away from that.  A
long iron won’t work here since you’ll roll

well past the pin.  You need to hit the ball up in the air and plan for no roll.
This is the time you need to be comfortable

with a 60 degree lob wedge.

Every approach shot you make from around the green think about these factors.

What if you are 5 feet away from the fringe and the pin is 10 feet away on a green
that slopes away from you.  Getting the

ball rolling on that surface will sent it well past the hole so a long iron chip
won’t be a good choice.

Once you have this decision made, the next step is to pick your target landing zone.
Look at it.  Make a mental note of it.

And plan to hit your shot into it.  If it is 3 feet or 30 yards away.  You must see
the spot.  Imagine you are putting from

that spot.  What will the ball do?  Break left or right?  Pick up speed?  Stop cold.

Now you are set for hitting your shot with any of your wedges!

You’ll have better luck if you think these thoughts before you even hit the shot.

How to hit a wedge shot

How to hit a wedge shot

You want to master your wedge, right? Here’s why…

Your drive was beautiful.

Your 5 iron rolled up to the green, leaving you 10 feet away from the fringe.

You can see a nice chip leaving you within a few feet or the cup so you can make a
simple putt and make par.

But something happens when you step up to that chip shot.  You take the club back
and then chunk the ball 4 feet.  You use

language unsuitable for minors and fair ladies.

What happened?  How did you go from a nice simple par to being in the same spot,
with one extra mark on your score card?  At

the end of the day how many strokes came from missing that same shot?

Personally I think that your short game and your putting game offers the best and
fastest way to improvement.

Some examples.

– on a par three you miss the green by 5 yards.  – on a par five you reach the green
in three but are 5 yards short. – on a par four you overhit the green by 5 yards. –
you chip the ball and it flies over the green – 3 feet off the ground.

In each situation you need a simple chip shot to get you close to the pin.

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Scooping is Not Allowed.

The reason you can buy a 56, 58, or 60 degree wedge is that they are designed to get
the ball in the air.

You don’t need to lift the ball or help it out.

Your goal is to swing the club through the ball and let the club do the work.

1:  Basic Set Up

Set up with a normal stance with the ball in the center of your stance.  You may see
professionals adjusting their stance to

be more open but for most beginners the best thing you can do is hit the same shot
again and again.  That means keep it

simple to start.

2:  Grip and Swing

If you are at all nervous about this shot, you may find you are gripping the club
firmly.  You may also be worried that the

club head will hit the ground thus making that dreaded sound that precedes the ball
hopping 4 feet in front of you.

So grip your club lightly.  Then make sure when you take the club back that you are
not using your wrists.  They should be

firm throughout the swing.  The club should move like a pendulum – back and forward.
Smooth is the operative word here.

You’ll need to keep things steady so that you can allow the club to pass under the
ball and allow it to loft the ball in the air with a smooth hit.

3:  Follow Through

One thing you will learn is that if you don’t think of the follow through the ball
is going to be more unpredictable.

On a short chip a follow through is not going to look like you see on the cover of a
golf magazine after a long drive.  It should finish with the club face pointing to
the sky–about waist high.

A smooth swing and follow through will have you moving through the ball and
finishing with the clubface waist high.

These basic building blocks will have you confident close to the green that you can
hit a good chip shot.

***For better pitches, shorten your back swing and accelerate through to a full finish.

Golf course etiquette

golf étiquette

Ok, we’ve all been there.  Some of us are still there, said the author as he looked in the mirror.  You’re golfing with three other people, and you are obviously the worst golfer.  How do you handle, what is the ‘etiquette’?  Well, if they are friends, there really isn’t any.  However, follow these as rules of thumb:

*      Don’t delay play.  If you are on your tenth shot, or twelfth, or fifteenth, pick the ball up.  You’re probably holding people up behind you, and just as importantly, you are frustrating YOURSELF!!
*      If you’re scoring every hole, give yourself your last shot number plus two.
*      If you lose a ball, look for it yourself.  This promotes faster play, and your friends will appreciate it.
*      If you don’t find the ball, take a stroke, drop near where you think it is, and hit away.
*      Don’t look for a ball for more than three minutes
*      If you are having a bad day, don’t complain and whine.  The people you are playing with don’t want to hear it.  If you are going to open your mouth, maybe ask for advice.
*      Remember, you’re supposed to be having fun.  If you are not, stop playing.  My worst day on a golf course is better than sitting at home doing nothing!
*      NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER  OFFER ADVICE UNSOLICITED TO A PLAYER WHO IS CLEARLY BETTER THAN YOU, AND RARELY OFFER TO SOMEONE WHO IS CLEARLY WORSE.  THE ADVICE MUST BE SOUGHT OUT, NOT GIVEN!!!

 

Update – More etiquette ideas that are not so hard and fast:

Don’t be in the eyesight of the golfer who is swinging or putting

Don’t put your shadow anywhere near a fellow golfer’s putting line

First one in the hole goes and gets the flag for the rest of the group

When a partner playing complains about his/her game…say nothing

Leave your cart towards the next hole when you park it to go putt, not in front of the green

Always give your fellow players a minute to help look for their ball when you know where yours is

Don’t swish the ball cleaner when someone is in their pre shot routine

When another player is clearly having a hard time and doesn’t care about score, please offer them a “gimmee” when it’s close to the hole

 

Again, you know your friends better than I, and these are rules of thumbs.  Not all of them conform to the “Royal Book Of Golf Published By The Golf Kings”, but if you read them a couple times, I bet you would agree.

How to hit a wedge shot in golf

Wedge Play

When you’re within 50 yards of the green, your best approach is a wedge shot with a
high arc and backspin to stop the ball with no roll. To do this, line up with the
ball centered in your stance and your weight equally distributed on both feet. Your
shoulder, hips, knees and feet are square to the intended line of flight. On your
backswing, your left shoulder and right side should rotate as one, with the plane
inside the line of flight. Start your downswing with your left arm. The leading edge
of the wedge goes down under the ball so the ball will slide up the face of the club.
Your left arm starts down with your hands leading the shaft and clubhead. Do not
allow your left wrist to break. Once the clubhead comes in contact with the ball,
your weight moves down the line of flight. Your backswing will determine the
distance. Practice this, and soon you’ll be hitting shots to the green that spin back
to the hole or stop on a dime.

Chip Shot Strategy

Chip shots should be as carefully planned as drives or putts.  Always use the least
lofted club needed to get you safely on the green. In most cases a seven- or
eight-iron will serve you better Than a nine-iron or wedge. Once you’ve selected the
right club, Aim for a spot on the green about one third of the way toward  The hole.
Swing smoothly, hit the target and allow the ball to run toward the hole.

Chip for Accuracy

When you’re near the green, chipping with a seven- Or eight-iron may be your best
option. Since they Behave somewhat like putts, chips are usually more Accurate than
high-lofted wedge shots.

Putt From off the Green.     If you have flat, but decent turf between you and the
green, a  Long putt is never a bad choice instead of a chip. You can  Mis-hit it a
bit and still get decent results.

The key is to make A full, firm, downswing and follow through. Don’t decelerate.
You might not get the ball to the green.

Tips for golf chip shots

Golf chip shots tips

Chipping and pitching are two areas that can really shave strokes  off your score.
But unfortunately, golfers don’t practice these  skills enough. The first thing to
work on is your set-up. Keep your  feet close together with your weight favoring the
left side. The  ball should be back in your stance. Now you’re ready to make a
swing.

Use small arm swings for short shots, longer arm swings for  longer shots.
Brush the grass to get the ball up in the air.  Another important part of chipping
and pitching is club selection.  You should try to hit the ball about one-third of
the distance in  the air and let it roll the remaining two-thirds to the hole. To do
this, you can use a wedge, 8-iron, 5-iron or another club. By  combining the use of
different clubs and different length arm  swings, you can get the desired results and
become a very  proficient short-game player.

The key to hitting low, crisp chip shots is keeping your left wrist  (if you are a
right hand golfer) straight. Most errant shots occur  because the left wrist bends at
impact.  It should remain straight.

By keeping your left wrist solid, the ball will stay on the target  line, and you’ll
find the ball rolling towards the pin. You do not  have to scoop the ball on a chip
shot. Think of it as an extremely  long putt!!!

We firmly believe we have insisted upon the necessity of  keeping your wrist
straight / solid / DO NOT FLEX for chips  shots. If you find you just can’t get the
hang of this,  then find a pen (or a pencil). Next time you have to keep  your right
wrist fixed, stick a pen between your watch so  that it covers your wrist and part of
your palm.

You’ll get the hang real quick. If you STILL don’t, use a  pencil sharpened on both
ends. OUCH!! You’ll get the hang  real fast!! :-)

(Note to readers: We don’t REALLY encourage you to use a  sharp object. Only if you
have medical insurance, and don’t  mind pain!!)

Golf Chipping Tips

Give Yourself an Arsenal of Clubs!!

Generally speaking, good players-those with excellent short games, want to get
the ball on the green and rolling toward the flag or target as quickly as
possible. Poorer players tend to throw the ball up in the air and take a chance
on where it might stop. With minimum air time and maximum ground time, your chip
will behave more like a putt and you’ll know-with precision-where the ball will
stop (well, you will after awhile!). When you add a stiff breeze to the
scenario, the decision to fly the ball closer to the hole becomes even more
questionable.

Using a complete chipping arsenal-from at least the 7-iron through your lob
wedge-has another benefit. If you use one favorite chipping club-say, your
pitching wedge-for all of your shots around the green, you’re going to have to
make somewhat dramatic changes to your technique for shots of various lengths.
For example, the swing you’d make for a 50-foot shot will be much longer than
the one for the 15-footer. But if you choose a 6- or 7-iron for the longer shot,
now you can make approximately the same motion-with the same rhythm-for the
longer shot as you would for a shorter shot; you let the longer club do the work
for you rather than making a significant adjustment to your swing.

So experiment using a variety of clubs around the green. Use your wedges on
faster shots, shorter shots, and those where you have to carry the ball over
trouble. Use longer clubs for longer shots when you have no trouble to carry and
plenty of green with which to work.

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A three-wood:  From off the green??!!!???.

It may sound preposterous to some, but the three-wood chip is a great shot to have in your arsenal when the ball lies no more than a foot into the first cut of rough. For starters, a three-wood won’t snag.  You know why we like this concept?  Because it works for Tiger Woods!!! I first tried this out in South Carolina, USA.  It since has become my “Carolina Pitching Wedge”.

The key to working this shot is to keep the left arm fairly straight but relaxed throughout. The more tension, the quicker the stroke, resulting in a loss of distance control. Grip down with the palms facing each other, similar to the way you would grip a putter. Place the forefinger and thumb of your lower hand on the shaft for better feel and control of the club head. Then, use your wrists to pop the clubface into the ball (kind of like an axe, but not as hard as you would if you were splitting wood, or whatever else you use an axe for).  That will propel the ball airborne just enough to coast along the top of the grass.

The rest, we shall say, is putting history.

Tips to make a perfect golf chip shot

Chip Shots!!

A chip shot is designed to be a low-flying, long-rolling shot that is usually
hit from close to the green. The goal is to attempt to land the ball just on the
green and get it immediately to start rolling toward the hole.

The most difficult part of any chip shot is the club selection.

Your choice of clubs will be dictated by how your ball is lying on the ground
and by how far you must hit it in the air in order for it to land on the green.

If you watch as the Pro’s setup for a chip shot you will notice that many of
them use their putting grip for their chip shots. I recommend, for any golfer,
that when you line up for a chip shot you follow these basic fundamentals:

1. Use a palm grip while choking down on the club (for anyone playing Natural
Golf, simply use your regular grip and be sure to assume the simplified straight
line setup)

2. Narrow the stance of your feet so that they are close together and align
yourself slightly open to, or left of, the target line.

3. Position the ball toward the back of your stance and make sure that your
hands are in front of the ball. This should put your right wrist (for right
handed players) in an extended, or cocked, position, eliminating the need to
further cock the wrist on the backswing.

4. Distribute your weight toward your front side.

5. Now, adjust your shoulders so that they are tilted in such a way that you
can take a more upright backswing and a steeper angle into the ball on the
downswing (this will help get the ball in the air faster).

6. Keep your hands “passive.” Focus on your forearms coming through the ball.

7. Maintain a firm left wrist through the impact zone. Do not “slap” at the
ball.

8. Keep the palm of your right hand going toward the target. As if you were
tossing a ball underhand.

By following these steps and learning the proper distance for each club, you
will improve your consistency around the green and you should be able to shave 3
– 4 strokes off your score.