How to Hit Solid Chips More Often

By Contributing Writer

To score in the game of golf, you must be able to play well around the green. Even the best players in the world miss their share of greens in regulation.
To have a strong short game, you must be able to make consistent contact. Judging chipping distance is virtually impossible if you are unable to hit the ball solidly.
To ensure more consistent contact, you need to focus on three things: an open stance, weight on the front side, and a short, crisp stroke.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Place your feet close together.
Step 2
Open your stance by pointing your front foot and turning your shoulders toward the hole.
Step 3
Shift your weight to the front foot. Keep it there.
Step 1
Take the club back a very short distance, while keeping your weight on your front foot.
Step 2
Use a crisp, downward stroke that pinches the ball against the ground.
Step 3
Be sure to continue your swing downward after striking the ball to take a divot.
Step 4
Follow through toward the target.
Step 1
Keep your backswing short.
Step 2
Keep your weight on your front foot.
Step 3
Use a crisp stroke. Do not decelerate your swing as you approach the ball.
Step 4
Finish the swing, making sure you follow through.

Tips & Warnings

The key to hitting solid chips more often is to avoid two critical mistakes that cause inconsistent contact: a poorly timed weight shift, and a long backswing followed by decelerating club movement as the club approaches the ball.
Avoid the long strokes that the pros use. Such a stroke takes enormous practice and skill. Unless you are willing to practice the shot regularly, you will seldom make consistent contact with such a stroke.

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