Backswing Length for Golf Chipping Exercises

By Kevin D. Boehler

Knowing how far back you should swing when chipping is the most important aspect of learning consistent distance control. Thinking of your arm that is closest to the target--left arm for right-handed golfers--as the hour hand on a clock will greatly help visualize the length of your backswing.

Function

On the range, find the average distance you hit balls from each hour (7 to 11) on the clock.

Benefits

Using a clock as a visualization for the back swing will make chipping to certain distances easy and consistent.

Time Frame

Finding the distances from each hour on the clock should take no more than 2 hours if you hit 5 to 10 balls for each position.

Timing

Practice swinging with the same tempo on each chip for the best consistency.

Famous Ties

Almost every tour pro uses this method for distances inside 100 yards, and Dave Pelz writes about the method in his book "The Short Game Bible."

About The Author

Kevin Boehler attended the University of Nebraska, where he attained a degree in professional golf management. Boehler enjoys teaching golf to others, helping them not only play better, but love the game as well. He has a vast knowledge of the golf swing and a variety of other golf-related information.

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