The Chip Putt

One of the easiest shots in golf

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Third, and probably most importantly, keep your body and head QUIET! As you can see in the photos, I like to tell my students to "listen for the ball to land on the green" prior to coming up and out of your posture. You want to avoid jumping up and out of your posture prematurely. Instead, listen for the ball to land. In the photos, you can see my eyes haven't moved as the ball is chipped and on its way to the hole. That's what you want. The bump-and-run usually rolls more than most pitches and chips, so practice how far the ball rolls with different clubs. Keep your stroke the same length; adjust your club instead. This makes it a cinch when the time comes to guess the right yardages. The stroke always stays the same!

Finally, I love teaching my students the Feedback Drill I'm demonstrating here. The goal is to learn terrific distance control. Lay a club down three to four feet behind the hole. Hit five to six chips, with your goal of getting all the balls either in the hole or between the hole and the club. If you miss one, start over again until you reach your goal. You'll quickly see that focusing on how the ball rolls and how far it goes will help you take focus off the stroke and more on the shot at hand. It always ensures you get the ball to the hole more often, helping to make it easier to get up and down.

Give this drill a whirl. I know it will help your "chip putts" from various places around the green.

Barry Goldstein teaches at Inverrary CC in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and at the New England Golf Camp in Maine. For lesson information, email Barry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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