Golf Tips - The Lob Shot vs. the Chip Shot

By Bob Wyatt

A common rule of thumb when around the green usually dictates getting the ball rolling as soon as possible, creating a low risk approach shot. This thinking is fine for middle to high handicappers, but not in all cases would I give this advice to the better player.

I was confronted with a good example just the other day - I'm just off the green with an uphill lie, the pin is on the second tier of a two-tier green. The slope to the second tier was very steep, making it very difficult to determine how hard to hit a chip shot.

Experimenting, I tried the chip shot approach three times. Twice the ball started up the slope but, lacking enough speed, came back to the base of the hill. I then simply lofted the shot to the second tier, and it landed softly and stopped within a
few feet of the initial landing area.

Your imagination can often prove to be your greatest ally!

Remember: As with any short game shot, it is most important to rehearse any new approach

Work with it for a while - I promise you positive results. *





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