Golf Tips - The Short Game - Chipping and Pitching

By The Original Golf School

Chipping & Pitching

There are two parts to a successful short game: the plan and the execution. The plan is simply defining your shot before you play it. You should determine where you plan to land the ball and how far it will roll. The plan should include landing the ball on the green whenever possible and playing the best percentage shot. The best percentage shot is usually the one that is simplest to execute.

Since you are hitting the ball a shorter distance than with a full swing, you should choke up on the club, narrow your stance, and stand closer to the ball. Picture the shot you're about to play and make a practice swing to approximate the swing you'll need. The club should be swung with arms and shoulders, with some wrist break. The key to shots around the green is to "keep the arms moving".

Short swing approaching the ball Choking up on the club Short swing after ball contact Arms moving through the shot Illustration showing angles of attack on the green Planning your shot and roll




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