Stripe Your Chips
Line up a range ball for perfect contact
Labels: Pitching, Instruction, Iron Play, Quick Tips, Ballstriking, Short Game, Equipment, Wedges, Techniques, Chipping, Game Improvement, Drills
To work on good contact, direction and spin, I encourage my students to hit several chips from around the green with striped range balls. Only, this time, I tell them to hit shots with the stripe pointing directly at the target before every shot. From there, the goal is to hit a chip or short pitch shot, and make sure the stripe rotates end over end in the air and when it rolls out onto the green. By doing this, you'll learn what it feels like to hit short shots with a square or slightly open clubface with perfect directional control. You'll also be able to practice without thinking too much about the clubhead, which is yet another distraction come time to hit good, crisp short shots.
Also, this is a great drill to ingrain what your stroke should feel like from different distances. So try a few short shots, then move away a few yards. Just be sure the stripes are still in line in the air and on the ground. In no time, you'll learn the proper feel and direction that comes from having sound mechanics around the green.
Tom Leese, PGA, teaches in the Las Vegas area. For more information, visit mastergolflasvegas.com.