Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Manage Your Weight
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One of the more common flaws I see in chipping is poor weight management. Often, I see my students try to chip by emulating miniature full swings, where they shift their weight to their right side on the backswing and then over to their left on the forwardswing. Now that may be the kind of weight management you want with a full swing, but with chipping, the more stable you are at setup, impact and the finish, the more likely you're going to make crisp, consistent contact with the golf ball.
If you artifically shift your weight back, you'll hit the obstacle placed behind the golf ball.
A great drill to practice the 60/40 swing is to take a 2x4, headcover or even a book and place it just outside your right foot in the back of your stance. Hit a few chips, and be sure you don't hit the wood on the backswing or on the downswing. Having that obstacle not only will steepen your swing a bit, but it will force you to keep your 60/40 weight scheme throughout the stroke.
The key for better chipping is to minimize excessive weight shifting and swinging a little steeper than you're used to. Do that, and you'll start dialing in better chips in no time.
Frank O'Connell, PGA, teaches at Paradise Valley Golf Course in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Get more information at paradisevalleygc.com.