Hitting the greens is important and will shave strokes off your scores
THERE are several key areas to make your game sharp, but perhaps none more than your short-game, and especially chipping.
Nobody likes missing greens and improvement in this part of your game can also become more fun. Many who chip well actually relish the challenge – it will also help your scores.
1 Choose right club
Get the golf ball running on the ground as quickly as possible. So choose the club that allows you to do this with ease – work from less loft like a 9-iron until you reach the club of choice.
2 Judge the distance
Walk around halfway or more of the length of the shot, it will help you judge the true distance and how much carry and roll you need. Also read the green, taking into account any break.
3 Maintain the loft
Set the loft you want on the clubface at impact when you address the ball. And then maintain this throughout so that you do not have to do anything complicated with the swing.
4 Improve your balance
Set a lot of your weight on the left side and pivot around that one point when chipping. Try doing this on one leg to encourage that feeling – it helps improve balance, clubhead control and quality of strike.
5 practice often
The more time you spend chipping the ball the better you will be able to visualise the shot and judge how the ball will release from different lies and react when it lands.