Golf Tip: Hitting Crisp Chip Shots
Are you struggling with your chip shots? Are you finding yourself hitting way behind the ball or sculling the ball over the green? These miss hits can totally destroy your confidence and cause your frustration levels to rise. There is an easy fix and it can be corrected with just a few of the following key tips.
First, we must identify and understand the problem and the reason why this happens. These miss hits are a result of improper positioning with your weight and improper positions your head and spine. To better clarify, please refer to the following photos and you will be able to see what an incorrect and correct position would be at set up and at the impact position. The incorrect photo shows a set up with my weight favoring the right side of my body with the spine and head tilted back to the right. This position will increase your chances to hit behind the ball or to come up and catch the middle of the ball with the club head resulting in a sculled shot.
The correct set up and impact position is to feel your weight lean to the left, placing your weight on the left knee. You will feel more stacked instead of tilted back to the right and weak. Notice how my head is now centered more over the left foot. The spine is in a more vertical position instead of tilted back. The key here is too make sure this is your starting position in the set up and maintaining this feel while you take the club back and through. It requires your head to be very steady over the shot and you really need to force yourself to keep a little lean to the left.
Give this a try during your next practice session and I guarantee you’ll notice a crisper, solid chip shot.
Brad is currently the Director of Golf at Hammock Beach Resort, home of the Ocean Course and the Conservatory Golf Course. The Ocean Course boasts more holes on the ocean than any other golf course in Florida and the Conservatory is currently ranked as the longest and hardest course in Florida. Brad's golf lesson articles can also be found at bradhauergolf.com.
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