5 Things You Need To Know About Chipping In Golf

By Glenn Mcanally

The chip shot may appear deceptively easy since there are not a lot of steps to the swing mechanics of a chip. What is there to know and practice? You bring your club 1 to 2 feet back and hit the ball, right? Golfers who think this way often chip the golf ball from one end of the green to the other. A chip shot does not require much physical ability, but it does require practice and experience. There are some important things to work on so you never chip more than once per hole.

Stance

You must close your stance so that your feet are not spread farther apart than the width of your hips. This facilitates a pendulum type of stroke. It also allows your body to perform the stroke rather than your hands.

Your wrists must stay locked. If you break your wrists, you disrupt the tempo of the swing and the ball will not go the intended distance. Press your palms lightly together to eliminate any hinge of the wrists.

Distance

Commit to memory how far your ball carries based on how far back you bring the club. With a pendulum stroke you take the club back the same distance you swing it forward. Think of your club as a clock's hour hand. Bring the club to 7 o'clock and measure how far the ball goes. Try the same at 8 and 9 o'clock.

Lie

Familiarize yourself with how your club hits the ball varying distances depending on where your ball lies. When you are on the fringe of the green, you won't need as wide a stroke as you would from the fairway. Grass on the green's fringe is shorter than the fairway grass. Longer grass will slow down your stroke.

Weight

Try to put 80 to 90 percent of your weight on your left foot and don't shift that weight during the swing. This helps assure that your club head will strike the ground directly under the ball.

About The Author

Glenn McAnally is a thriller novelist and life long golfer who lives in Southern California. His most recent work is the action thriller Endangered as well as a story credit for the upcoming Nintendo DS title Elite Forces: Unit 77. He is a graduate of Villanova University.

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