Difficult Golf Shots: How to Chip a Shot out of a Tight Lie

By Mike McGetrick

When you are playing golf a lot of times you have to hit chip shots off tightly mowed grass or off the fairway. There are two common shots that you usually have as a golfer: one is that low bump and run and the second one is where you have to get it up in the air off of a tight lie.

Wrist Hinge for High and Low Shots

When you do that I am going to show you two techniques in the takeaway that are going to help you.

  1. For a low shot, when I swing the club back on my backswing, I want very little wrist hinge. That keeps the club hooded when I go back and then when I come through the handle leads the clubhead, hitting a low shot. So I have a lot of arm swing with very little wrist hinge.
  2. Now if I want to hit it higher I do the opposite. When I set up I will open the clubface according to how much height that I want on the ball. Then on my backswing I will have more writs hinge and less arm swing.

Tight Chip Shots: Wrist Hinge

By hinging the wrists it gets the club more upward, allowing it to work down off that tight lie to pop the ball up in the air. I am going to demonstrate the low shot first, I will set up ball back, hands forward, and when I go back I have very little wrist hinge and that gives me the low bump-and-run shot.

To go higher I am going to set up and open the face a little more. On this shot I am going to hinge my wrists on the backswing with very little arm swing going back. That gives me a steeper angle of approach for hitting the ball up in the air. So the next time you go out and practice you should practice off of tight lies, hitting low shots and high shots to improve your short game.


Category: Chipping
Sub Categories: Backswing, Bad Lies, Trajectory

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Mike McGetrick
Mike McGetrick
McGetrick Golf Academy
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