This 1 Chipping Tip Changed my Golf Game Forever

This 1 Chipping Tip Changed my Golf Game Forever

I’m excited to share a chipping tip that can significantly change your game. Chipping, a crucial aspect of scoring in golf, often separates great players from good ones. The tip revolves around the concept of “using the bounce” of the wedge. Understanding and applying this can lead to more consistent, controlled chips around the greens.

Understanding the Bounce

  • Bounce Angle: This is the angle between the leading edge of the clubface and the lowest point of the club sole or the “bounce.” It’s designed to prevent the club from digging into the ground.
  • Purpose: The bounce allows the club to “glide” along the turf, making it easier to chip the ball cleanly, even out of tricky lies.

The Tip: Use the Bounce

  1. Proper Setup
    • Wide Stance: Stand with your feet wider than usual for a chip shot. This lowers your center of gravity and stabilizes your base.
    • Ball Position: Keep the ball in the middle of your stance or slightly back.
    • Weight Forward: Shift about 60-70% of your weight to your lead foot (the foot closest to the target). This helps engage the bounce.
  2. Grip and Club Selection
    • Light Grip: Hold the club with a relaxed grip. Tension in the hands can lead to less feel and control.
    • Wedge Selection: Use a wedge with sufficient bounce (typically a sand wedge or a lob wedge) for the lie and conditions you’re facing.
  3. The Swing
    • Lead with the Hands: Your hands should lead the clubhead slightly at impact, but you’re not trying to “dig” the leading edge into the ground.
    • Shallow Approach: Instead of a steep, downward strike, think of the motion as skimming or brushing the grass under the ball. The bounce of the club should contact the ground, not the leading edge.
    • Follow Through: Maintain a consistent follow-through. The length of your follow-through should match the length of your backswing.
  4. Practice Drill: The Towel Drill
    • Setup: Place a towel flat on the ground, about 4-6 inches behind the ball.
    • Objective: Practice chipping without disturbing the towel. This encourages you to use the bounce and avoid digging the leading edge into the turf.

Why This Tip is a Game-Changer

  • Consistency: Using the bounce reduces the chance of “fat” shots (hitting the ground before the ball) and “thin” shots (hitting the ball too high on the clubface).
  • Versatility: It allows you to chip effectively from various lies, including tight lies, rough, and sand.
  • Confidence: Knowing how to use the bounce gives you confidence in your chipping, allowing you to play more aggressively around the greens.

Implementing this tip into your game requires practice and patience. Focus on the feel of the club gliding through the grass and making clean contact with the ball. As your coach, I’ll be here to guide you through this process, offering feedback and making adjustments to ensure you’re getting the most out of your chipping game. Let’s head to the practice area and start working on using the bounce to transform your chipping!


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