Tried And Tested Golf Chipping Tips For Newbies
Let’s be honest, having a great short game can go a long way to lowering your scores over a round of golf. No matter how good you are with your approach play, you certainly will not hit every green. In fact, statistics show that weekend golfers only hit around 5 greens in regulation each round! And when you lay up short, especially around the fringes of the green, chipping becomes essential.
How can you improve your chipping? Let’s take a closer look.
- Focus on your hands
- Pick a club… and stick with it!
- Make sure you chip once and once only!
- Stuck in long rough? Treat it like you would play out of a bunker
Many newbie golfers are taught to chip using the same motion that they would when putting. This is WRONG! To perform an effective chip, your hands need to do all the work.
Start by hinging your wrists properly. This means the club can effectively get over and above the grass while still hitting down in a descending motion. Use your dominant wrist for the hinging effect, up on your backswing and then down to strike the ball. This motion helps launch the ball upwards and helps it to land softly on the green.
As you probably have little time to practice your golf game, picking one club to chip with and sticking with it should be your aim. Sure, a professional can chip with all manner of clubs, but they do have the time to practice. Perhaps your best choice is the sand wedge. Learn to master it while chipping and watch your scores plummet!
In your golfing career, you will face many different kinds of chip shots. Some will be on the fringe of the green while others might be out of a bunker. You have one aim when it comes to each shot, however. GET the ball on the green! Aim to chip only once and putt for your next shot.
Long rough can really make or break a hole, especially if your ball has sunk in fairly deeply. There is a way to overcome long rough and that is to treat it the same way you would play out of a bunker. Try to get your ball fairly high up in the air as you launch it. A normal chipping motion, in this case, will not work as the face of the club can get caught up in the grass. Rather keep the face open, increase the size of your swing and float the club down through the grass, striking the ball up and over, and hopefully near the flag!
By using these four simple ideas, your chipping game can improve by leaps and bounds.