3 Simple Ways To Improve The Strike With Your Chipping
Take It Back To Basics
Getting a consistently clean contact on delicate chip shots feels almost impossible at times. With so many moving parts in your technique, things can easily be miss timed and the results can be disastrous at best.
If you fall into this category, then take yourself back to the basics of chipping and use a simple putting technique. Use a less lofted club like a 7/8 iron and take your putting grip. Address the golf ball as if you are holding your. If you notice, the heel of the club will be up in the air slightly more than usual. Now, all you need to do is make a smooth, simple putting stroke.
These slight changes will help simplify the movement and allow you to focus on the strike, which will make you be more confident with the stroke. The ball should pop up into the air lovely before rolling out towards the hole.
Tempo Is Key
During my time teaching, the one thing that most golfers who struggle with their chipping have in common is the tempo of their chipping action. For instance, they rush back to the ball from the top of the backswing. This quite commonly comes from the anxiety that builds up by over-thinking too much about the specifics of the chipping action. Adopting a simple putting method will certainly help with this.
At address, soften your grip pressure and feel the tension leaving your muscles. In practice, count in your mind 1 - 2 and whilst your counting you should start your golf swing on 1 and finish on 2! If you finish before 2, then slow the acceleration down even more.
The Destroying Hinge
During your takeaway, try to avoid the long takeaway and the big wrist hinge, as this can cause an excessive amount of speed if it’s not controlled and the hinge can create a very steep angle of attack which can be detrimental for other reasons that I will go into on another “Top Tip Blog”. So just make sure that when you are adopting the putting grip technique, keep your wrists firm and backswing a little shorter. This will give you greater control of the speed.
If you would like any more tips on chipping or you want to develop your technique to a more advanced level, then call me on 01983 613131 and we can get a lesson booked in.
Assistant PGA Professional