Ditch your wedges more when chipping

by Jordan on September 19, 2011

Ditch the wedges and hit more chip and runs

Do you want to learn how to chip better in golf consistently?

Being able to shoot lower scores thanks to improved chipping is something you’d like to achieve, isn’t it?

If so then this post is a must read.

I’ll explain a simple technique that will cut down the amount of poor chips you hit.

Getting More Out Of Your Rounds

 
I hear it all time. From students and other golfers. “I hit the ball so well but I can’t seem to lower my scores”.

More often than not the reason is wasted shots around the greens. How many great rounds or holes have you ruined due to poor chipping?

Hitting a bad chip can be caused by:

  • poor contact
  • wrong club selection
  • bad distance control

I have a great way to get better at all three things in just a few practice sessions.

To begin chipping better all you have to do is minimize the amount of loft on the club that you use. Simple isn’t it?

Too many times I see golfers grab a pitching wedge or sand wedge to hit all of their chips with.

Just because it’s a wedge and you see the pro’s on TV using wedges everywhere doesn’t mean it’s the right thing for your game. In some cases you may need a high lofted club to carry over bunkers, mounds or even water, but for those shots where you have lots of green or fairway in between you and the hole, use your 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons.

Here are the reasons why.

Contact

 
If you start using a lower lofted club a shorter swing is required. This makes it easier to hit the ball more solid as a lot less can go wrong since your swing is shorter.

Another tip for better contact is to stand closer to the ball so the shaft of your club is more straight up and down. What will happen is the heel of the club head will be off the ground.

See this explain visually below.

Standing far away from the ball the shaft would look like this:

Notice the angle of club to the ground as the clubface is soled on the ground

If you were to stand closer to the ball like I suggest, that shaft angle would look like this:

The toe is dug in and the heel of the club is in the air

Using this technique will provide less of a chance for the heel to dig into the ground and for you to chunk your chip.

Precision

 
What also happens when we use a less lofted club is that the ball will fly a shorter distance in the air and run more on the ground.

Let say you have a 20 yard shot. You only need to hit the ball 8 yards or so with a 7 iron. From there the ball will run the rest of the way to the hole. If you had the same shot and used a sand wedge you would need to fly the ball almost all the way to hole (say about 15 yards) and by doing so you are creating a much bigger swing where more problems can occur.

When flying the ball all the way to the hole, you have to be far more precise with that longer swing.

Some golfers will deloft their sand wedge during a chip shot. To do they play the ball off their back foot and press their hands ahead of the ball to decrease the loft.

This method is effective for some but I don’t suggest doing it.

Why?  Because this method promotes hitting the ball with a very steep swing and what can happen is a lot of skulled, topped or fat shots because of the steep swing. I call this the choppy swing!

Summary

 
If you have no obstacles in your way, minimize the club you chip with. This will shorten the length of your swing and the distance the ball needs to fly. This will make easier for you to execute the shot.

Get out to that practice green and start working on hitting shots around the green with your 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons. Focus on where you want to land the ball and visualize it rolling towards the pin.

I will show you how to work on picking out and landing spot for your chip and how to determine how much roll will occur in a future blog post.

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Jordan

Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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