3 Easy Ways To Facilitate Crisp Chip Shot Golf Drills.
1. Ball Behind for Descending Blow
It will help if you hit the ball downward to hit a crisp, controlled chip.
This means keeping your hands ahead of the club head during the stroke, rather than flipping your wrists and trying to lift the ball into the air.
This basic exercise can be done in your backyard.
Drop one ball to chip and place the other ball about 9 inches behind it, directly on the target line.
Take a normal chipping position - feet together, ball in the middle, a little extra weight on the left (lead), hands slightly forward, club tilted toward the target.
Now, slice directly into the target ball without hitting the ball behind you on the backswing or downswing.
This exercise forces you to pick up the club somewhat abruptly and drop it on the back of the ball. If you lean to the right at any point, the club head's path will be too low and you will hit the wrong ball. The same is true if you flip your wrist.
Be careful not to pick up the club too quickly with your hands. You want to keep your hands fairly quiet on shorter chips and use an arm and shoulder swing.
2.Grip Halfway Down to Stop Wrist Flick
In the game of golf, following your instincts is often the wrong thing to do. Use chipping as an option.
Most golfers will have heard someone say that they have to hold the ball up in the air to get it up in the air. So they hit the ball as if it were a spoon, flicking their hands and wrists to create a scooping motion that doesn't work as well.
It will help if you trust the club more than your instincts. The clubface is built with a loft to precisely throw the ball into the air. It works exceptionally well when you hit the ball in a downward motion.
It's essential to learn proper technique through repetition, as many players find it counter-intuitive. An important key is to keep your hands in front of the club while hitting the ball, rather than rolling or flipping.
Here's an exercise to instill the proper chipping motion.
Pick up your pitching wedge and grip it 2/3 of the way down the shaft.
Assume your normal stance with the clubhead over the ball, hands slightly forward and weight on your front foot.
The shaft should touch your left (leading) hip or just off the hip.
Make a backswing and follow-through with the club separated from your body on the follow-through. You must keep your left wrist firm after the shot for proper execution.
If you flick your wrist, the club will hit you to the side or finish in front of your body, pointing to the right.
Hold the club normally and start hitting the ball after you have a feel for the correct swing. Look at the end of the club at the end - it should be pointing away from your body.
3.Lower is Better Experiment
Professional golfers hit such beautiful shots around the greens - high, spinning shots that checkup and trickle down to just inches from the hole. However, when amateurs try to emulate their heroes, the results are often ugly.
Too many golfers make the mistake of shovelling and pitching the ball in a futile attempt to throw it high into the air. The typical result is either a fat shot, a skinny shot, or a shot that slips over the side of the cup.
In most cases, a low ball is a right choice. If there are no hazards or other obstructions between you and the hole, try to get the ball running as quickly as possible on the green. This requires the club to move down when hitting the ball, pinning it to the turf with a crisp "thunk" sound. The ball will fly close to the ground on impact and begin to roll soon after landing.
A few essential elements are necessary to keep the ball on the ground.
1) Place the ball between your feet and push your hand right before the ball.
2) Place a bit of additional weight on your left side.
3) Keep your hands ahead of the clubhead, into and past impact.
Exercise 4 Chipping 2
It gives you a feel for hitting low cuts and throws and teaches you why shovelling doesn't work.
Prepare to hit a 40-50 yard shot on the practice field.
- You can imagine a pair of goal posts between you and the goal, which must be lower than under the crossbar when you hit the ball.
- try to hit the ball high over the crossbar. Did you make solid contact? Or did you flip your wrist and try to slide the club under the ball?
Keep trying different swings to change the trajectory of the shot.