Shots To Score By!
Must know shots to get up and down more often
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THE EVERYDAY CHIP
Make chipping as simple as possible by using different lofts to hit different kinds of shots. Simply change clubs for more or less roll, and keep the putting-like stroke the same for every chip.
Hitting a regular chip shot is sometimes made too complicated. I've seen students try and hit chips with open stances and closed clubfaces, closed clubfaces and open stances, and so on. In reality, simpler is always better, and that starts with proper alignment.
Next, slide your hands down on the grip (you're looking for control, not trying to hit it a long way), and point the butt end of the shaft at your left inner thigh. The hands should always stay ahead of the clubhead on this shot, with the arms staying close to the body. It's not the hands and arms that control the distance of the shot, rather the rotation of the sternum controls how far you're going to hit the ball. The weight should remain on the target side through the shot, with a slight release of the lower body to the target through impact. It's a lot like the feeling of throwing a ball underhand when using the wood or hybrid. Your pace for this shot should be very smooth. The "smoother" the shot, the more control of distance you'll have and the more feel you'll have for the shot. Quick/fast motions create fast and hard shots whereas smooth/even pace creates soft and controlled shots.
Lee Huntley, LPGA/PGA, teaches at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California. For more information, visit ojairesort.com.
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