Best Chipping Golf Drills
Another essential technique to have under your belt is chipping. Chipping is important when you are near the green and close to the hole, and it is an effective way to lower your handicap.
In this section, we will share with you some tips to help you drastically improve your chipping.
The first tip to striking a good chip involves your stance. Your stance can determine how much power you hit the ball with. Since you do not want to hit the ball with too much power, you want to ensure that you have the best stance.
With this, there are three things to consider:
Let's take a look at each:
When considering how wide your feet should be, you want to ensure that the distance between your feet is about 1.5 feet. This will ensure that you strike the ball with just the right power for the chip shot.
The second thing is the distance between you and the ball. With this, you want to make sure that you are at a good distance away from the ball. Ensure that you are at most four golf head widths away from the ball. This is a sweet spot distance to place the ball since it gives you enough room to swing and get the strike you want.
In addition, you want to ensure that you do not place your ball too far back. When you place the ball too far back, it causes your club to hit the ball while it is descending, causing you to chunk the grass before hitting the ball. You want to ensure that the ball is placed in-between your legs or slightly forward. Doing this enables your swing to flat out before hitting the ball, giving you good contact with the golf ball.
When you place your ball too far back in the stance, what happens is that the club swings at a descending angle, which makes it more likely to hit the field before hitting the floor.
b.Controlling Your Golf Club
Chipping the ball has more to do with how well you control the golf club than your hand and body technique. You want the club to swing in a controlled manner together with your body. What this means is that you want to restrict the wrist motion as much as possible. When you engage the wrist during a chip shot, you will realize that the club works independently giving you less control over the strike. Therefore, the goal here is to ensure that you eliminate the wrist hinge.
The wrist hinge is only needed when you are pitching since you will require more distance; however, with chipping, you want to keep this wrist hinge at a minimum.
To do this, you want to follow the following steps:
By gripping the club this way, you will notice that when you hit the ball, it should pop off at a moderate speed and power. This grip will also ensure that your whole upper body moves effortlessly in a pendulum motion with the club to give you the perfect low-power strike. This grip also eliminates the use of the wrist when striking the ball to eliminate any flicking of the ball.
c.Head And Chest Movement
Your head and chest movement are important during a chip. With this, I want you to rotate your head and chest towards the target when you are about to strike the ball. You do not want to stay down or keep your head still while you hit the ball.
Also, instead of getting the shoulder dipping a bit to the right side of your body, you want to get your shoulder into a neutral position. The idea here is to get the shoulders leaning more towards the target before you strike. What this means is that you want to get your right shoulder feeling high rather than dipping down.