8 Tricks To Become A Better Player

Quick And Easy Tips To Play Better Golf Right Now


TRICK 8: Stack Your Chips

I think chipping is too often overlooked. Hey, maybe it's not the most glamourous shot to hit, but that doesn't make it any less important. A great chip can help you make or break par faster than any putt.

To become a better chipper, concentrate on stacking your impact position. This means that, at the moment of truth, the left arm, the shaft and your weight should all be stacked over your left leg. This helps you better control the shot and ensure you hit it crisp and solid. If you aren't stacked, your chipping will be inconsistent, and it'll be hard to judge distances and how much the ball will fly and roll. But if you stack it, all you need to do is judge how far you want the ball to go and lengthen or shorten your backswing so it fits the shot.

This tip, like the others in this story, are quick and simple ways to turn your game around and become a better player. Practice them and you'll see the better you get, the simpler your swing and swing thoughts should become. And remember, have fun out there!

Barry Goldstein teaches at the famed Inverrary CC in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Contact him at [email protected].

16 thoughts on “8 Tricks To Become A Better Player

  1. Golf is my favorite sports event… As i was surfing tricks of golfing i end up with this page… Amazing content on tricks and tactics … The explanation is very well brought out… Thanks for this helpful kit on tricks to become a better player…

  2. Some nice quick tips here. For me, grip & chipping have been the keys from moving from a high handicap to a middle handicap. I fought a horrible slice and strengthening my grip improved my ballstriking immeasurably. Once that was fixed, I could gauge distance pretty well, but my approaches were near the green but not on so chipping came into play more often. The next step is accuracy with my approaches & putting.

  3. Alignment is critical to a good drive. Don’t count on the greenskeeper to align Tee shots for you. How often have you stepped to the tee and hit a ball far right or left and discover (too late) that the tee markers were aimed right or left. Always approach shots from behind the ball and lign up the club face from there. Focus on specific place you want the ball to go and trust your swing to get you there. Be positive.


  4. Definitely a solid piece of advice. I think one of the most common mistakes for alignment practice on the driving range is laying two clubs down parallel. Almost every golfer I see do it has the left club aiming far too left. Think about a train track, the railroad actually looks like it converveges the further down the track you look. Thats how your clubs should be aligned too.

  5. Wonderful advice. I feel that #7 is probably the most important on the list. I’m glad that I came across this, as since i worked with a pro on this i can drive it further (swingmangolf.com). This was some kind of blockade in my game… I’m hoping to find more interesting articles as I work though the archives!

  6. stand behind the ball and find a spot/mark 2 feet in front of the ball in line with your target and set your clubface to that mark,then align your body.Turn that mark into a pretend gate-club head width, and swing thru the gate on all shots.

  7. I’ve been looking for a good sport to get into and I’ve heard that golf is a really good one. You can keep doing it even you your 60’s, if you go professional it pays really well, and it has a relaxing feel about it. My friend who is the state champion golfer has really convinced me on this one, though I clearly see I have a long way to go when I play with him. http://www.lakequivira.org/Golf.aspx

  8. Golfing is a great way to spend time with people. I used to golf with my grandfather, father, and two of my uncles all the time when I was little. I remember how my grandfather would always laugh as I tried to copy everything he does before he hits the ball. Sometimes he would correct me in what I was doing. It was a lot of fun.

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