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Chipping Lesson


CHIPPING



Basic Stroke

Basic Chip Chipping can be a lot of fun as well as being a great stroke saver. In golf the more simple one can keep things the better. A technique for chipping can be very simple and extremely effective. The beautiful part of this technique is that once learned you can use your imagination and use the same technique with different clubs around the green. First of all grip the club softly so you can feel the weight of the club head. The 2 other keys to this shot is to set up with your left hand ( for right handed golfers) slightly ahead of the ball and to take a short to medium backswing using very little wrist movement then pull down and through with your left hand keeping, and this is key, your left hand ahead of the club head and follow through almost like a putting stroke.


7 Iron Run

A great place to use this shot is when you are close to the green and don't have rough or a hazard to go over. Use the basic stroke technique play the ball in the middle of your stance, allow for lots of roll and hit the ball almost like a putt.



Pitching Wedge

Use this shot when you have rough or a hazard to go over and still have a lot of green to work with. Using the basic chipping stroke technique, play the ball about 3/4 forward in your stance. You might use a little more wrist here to get the ball to pop up faster. Play for more height and less roll.



Sand Wedge

This is the perfect shot to use when you are faced with a hazard to go over with little green to work with. Use the basic chipping stroke with your sand wedge, open your stance a little and play the ball off your left heel. Use a little extra wrist here and pull down and through with your left hand and the ball will pop right up and land softly with minimum roll.



Lob Shot

Basic ChipHave you ever had a shot you thought was impossible? You had a huge bunker to go over with no green to work with or you had a tall tree to over with almost no room to maneuver. The lob shot may be the answer for you! This shot is challenging to learn but with just a little practice you can master this shot and master your short game. Start by opening your stance and your club face of your sand wedge to give you maximum loft. Slope your shoulders so that your right shoulder is lower than your left.

Play the ball off of your left heel. Start your backswing by breaking your wrist to give yourself a steep angle of attack. Pull down and through with your left hand but this time after impact hold your club face open so it points to the sky on your follow through.




KEY DRILL
Take 30 practice balls and place 10 each in 3 different spots around the green. 10 on the fringe, 10 about 15 yards from the green with rough to go over, and 10 balls in front of a bunker with the pin tucked tightly. Practice with your 7 iron, pitching wedge, and sand wedge from these locations using the basic chipping stroke to get a feel for how these different clubs effect the ball.


KEY THOUGHT
Practice.