Ty Andersen serves as Director of Instruction at The Ty Andersen Golf Academy, and has been named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers by the US Kids Golf Company. He has developed seven different teaching programs that are registered with the PGA.
Junior Golf Tips: Three Steps to Better Chipping
Junior Golf Chipping - What Separates Good from the Best
When I am teaching a junior this is where I want to get them. I want to get them over here around the green and work on their short game. Every junior that I work with can hit a ball. What is going to separate them from the other players is what they can do around the short game area. What we are going to talk about this afternoon is we are going to talk about chipping and I am going to show you how I are going to get Luke over here to chip a ball.
- The first thing I am going to have Luke do, when I teach a junior, I am going to keep it simple. In this case here, what I am going to have him do is put the club right down behind the ball, heel, toe and sole flat on the ground.
- I am going to have him point his back toe at the ball. I am going to have him keep his feet close together.
- I am going to have him put his hands in the middle of his body.
- The last thing I am going to ask him to do is to think nothing more than go back and forth and brush the grass.
Chipping Basics - Keep it Simple
Go ahead Luke. Pretty good little shot, that ball went right up. Now Luke chipped that ball with a sand wedge. You notice it did not go very far and it went up when he first hit it. If he wants that ball to go a little bit further he is going to take another club with less loft on it. I am going to hand him this nine iron and ask him to do the same thing. He is going to set up by putting the club down behind the ball, heel, toe and sole, point your back toe at the ball, feet close together, hands in the middle of the body and he is going to think nothing more than back and forth and just brush the grass. Do you notice how much lower the ball came out and it almost went in the hole.
What I am going to do now is switch for another club, here is a seven iron. I am going to have Luke use the exact same technique when he does this shot. He is going to put the club down behind the ball, heel, toe and sole flat on the ground, point his back toe at the ball, you will notice he has his hands in the middle of his body. I am going to ask him now to basically go back and forth and just brush the grass. Great job Luke, that is what chipping is all about, that is what the short game is all about, keeping it simple.
Simple Simple Steps to Great Chipping
You notice what I had Luke do, just three things. The first thing I had him do is put the club down behind the ball, heel, toe and sole as he was pointing his back toe at the ball. I had him put his feet close together and put his hands in the middle of his body. The last thing I asked him to do is think nothing more than back and forth and just brush the grass and he got great results. You can do the same thing with your kids.
About the Instructor
Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305