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Six Tips To Get Up And Down

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Remember that even on the smallest golf shots, you’re still playing a game whose swing is built on an arc. As it relates to chipping, imagine that your right arm (right-handed golfer) is a door that swings open and then closed into the followthrough. As your arm swings across your midsection into the finish, the handle and clubhead will naturally arc off of the target line to the left. This arcing to the left is one of the key components to ensuring that the bottom of the swing meets the ground just ahead of the ball, creating the proper ball-then-turf contact you’re looking for.


• Play on an arc, ensuring that the club swings off of the line of flight into the finish
• Feel the right arm swinging open and then closed like a door
• Understand the role of the arc as it relates to proper contact


Any golfer who strikes the turf early on a chip shot most likely has a motion that’s void of any “pivot.” Your pivot is vital to providing rhythm to your swing, while effectively moving the bottom of your swing arc forward, creating ball-then-turf contact.

As the clubhead begins its swing, allow a small amount of pivot in the backswing. Once the backswing motion is set, view the pivot as the “motor,” which propels the clubhead forward into the back of the ball.

At the finish, you should notice some rotation in your hips, the shaft and lead arm in relative alignment and a touch of air beneath your back heel and the turf.


• View your pivot as the motor of your chipping swing
• Allow some pivot both back and through
• Create a small amount of air beneath your right heel into the finish
• Finish with your shaft and lead arm in alignment

Jeff Ritter is a coach, author and speaker specializing in peak performance and life inspiration. He teaches at the ASU Karsten Golf Course/PING Learning Center in Tempe, Ariz. For more information, visit


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