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Fundamentals Of A Chip Shot

No matter whether you are playing junior golf or the PGA Tour, the short game can make or break any round of golf and you need to know the fundamentals of a chip shot. We, including tour players, all have bad ball striking days. Even the players on the PGA Tour do not hit every green in every round. However, knowing how to properly chip the ball will allow us to shoot lower scores even though we have missed the green.
Many golfers have become frustrated around the green and are not sure on what they should do. This leads to making a bad decision on how to best proceed to get the ball into the hole. The definition of a chip shot is simply to have the ball roll on the ground longer that it is in the air. Allowing the ball to get on the ground as soon as possible and run to the hole is typically the best percentage play. You can improve your chipping by following these three easy to follow tips:

1. Proper Ball Position 
Since we are trying to keep the golf ball low while chipping, we will want to de-loft or take the loft off of the golf club during the stroke. As we take our stance, this will be easy to do as we point our back foot directly at the ball. This will be the right foot for right-handed players. In addition, it is important that your hands are closer to the target than your zipper. Remember, we are attempting to take loft off of the club face so the grip of the club will be closer to the target than the club head.

2. Proper Weight Placement 
Now that you have the ball placed off of your back foot, you should have more weight on your leg closer to the hole. For right-handed golfers, this simply means that you will have more weight on your left foot or left leg. The question of how much will vary from player to player. With that being said, it will probably end up somewhere between 60-70% on your forward foot. Think about it, any good golf shot that is struck has more weight on the forward foot than the back. Now you can simply make a putting stroke…yes…a putting stroke to chip the ball.

3. Proper Finish Position 
Once you have made your stroke, the grip of the club should be past your front leg. Most amateurs get in trouble because they flip or pop at a chip shot and the grip or handle of the club never gets past their forward leg. This means that they have hit the shot on the bottom of the club face and controlling distance will be a BIG challenge for someone who cannot hit a chip shot in the center of the club face.
An easy way to monitor this is to count to three very slowly once you have reached the finish position. This will give you time to evaluate your finish and improve it quickly. To be a consistent chipper, you must learn to make contact on the same spot on the club face.
Following the above tips chipping will become easier for you. The good news is that you can have fun practicing alone or by making up games with your friends. Practicing either way will lower your scores and you will find yourself moving up the leader board in your event!

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