Over half of the shots you hit per round are played from within 30 yards of the green, making the short game a critical element to your ability to score. Unfortunately, most amateurs spend more time working on their full swing than on their short game.
When you are faced with a shot right around the green, you need to be able to get up and down to save par. Instead of always trying to pull off a miraculous Phil Mickelson flop shot, go the chip shot to get it close to the hole. The key is to get the ball rolling as soon as possible so that you have a better chance of holing the shot. Here are a few tips to remember.
5 Keys to Chipping:
1. Stance – narrow and slightly open your stance to encourage a descending blow to the back of the ball.
2. Ball position – play the ball off your back foot to keep the ball low.
3. Weight distribution – keep your weight favoring your front side to make contact with the ball first.
4. Hand position – your hands should remain in front of the ball at address and in front of the clubhead throughout the entire stroke.
5. Club selection – proper club selection depends on the slope and speed of the green and amount of distance to the hole.
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