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- a drill to hone in crisp, clean contact for all your chips
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All right, this is going to be a really fun video. It’s actually my personal belief that chipping is easy.
Chipping can be one of the easiest things you can do, and I’m going to sit here and hit, now it’s easy for someone to say hey do this, and this, and this in a video and not hit any shots.
I’m going to hit 20 or 30 shots to this one flag from here, it’s about maybe 50 feet away or so. I’ll hit some good ones, I’m going to hit a few bad ones, but we’re going to actually see the results as I’m hitting through this.
You’re going to want to make sure that you save this video, put a book mark on this. Make sure you come back to this, because we’re going to have an absolute ton of information.
We’re going to bust dozens of myths in chipping, and talk about one of the best ways to do this through all facets in technique to make it as simple and easy as what I hopefully make it look like today.
Let’s jump in, we’re going to have a ton of techniques, so grab your wedge right now and let’s get to it.
Here’s one of the first things, and with chipping, there’s a difference between chipping and pitching, and it’s a technique.
It’s not necessarily how you’re doing this, or what club you’re using, how far away you are. I could chip from right by the green, I could chip from 60, 70 feet from the pin, a variety of places.
The main difference is, whenever I’m chipping, I’m not going to have a ton of wrist action. I’m not really going to get a ton of lag, and then really try to put a lot of aggressive acceleration through there, or I’m not really going to have a lot of hand and wrist action.
There’s going to be a little bit of a flow to this, so as I go back and through, there’ll be a little bit of a wrist set.
As I come through, a little bit of a wrist set, but it’s not going to be a really aggressive wrist action where I’m getting a lot of hinge like that.
That would be more pitching. If I was pitching the ball, I might get a little bit more hinge, and then let it fold up.
Whereas if I’m chipping the ball here, I’m simply going to rock back and through and keep it pretty simple as I’m doing that.
That’s the main thing. I have a really good video on the differences, the full differences between chipping and pitching, so be sure to check that out if you still have some question on that.
Here I’m predominantly talking about chipping, which again, is very little wrist set.
Now one of the biggest misconceptions I have in this, and I think destroys people’s chipping is we have the idea that we’re going to set up with our feet square, we’re going to set up looking down at the ball, and it’s going to be kind of a putting stroke.
Notice when I do the putting stroke, my hands and arms have to a lot of the work, and my body isn’t rotating to create the momentum.
If you look at my knees, my knees are staying facing forward and now I have to use a lot of hands and arms to keep that club moving.
That’s not how the pros are doing it. You won’t find any pros doing it that way unless they’re just right by the green and trying to just barely bump on up there.
If there’s any kind of distance on it at all, they’re not going to be using that technique. They’re going to let their knees go ahead and pivot.
Now the cool thing about when I let my knees pivot, when I rock back and forth like this, is now my momentum of my body can create the speed.
The big muscles, my hips, my shoulders, my body, all that’s creating the speed and my arms feel like they’re just kind of swinging with my body, not really adding a ton of speed on there in addition to what my body’s doing.
Notice here as I finish up, two good chips up there a foot from the hole, look at where my knees ended up. These are definitely not still knees, this is definitely not a putting stroke.
In my putting stroke, my lower body isn’t going to move at all and I’m going to go back and forth. That’s one of the biggest myths out there, and I think it will really hurt your game when you’re doing that, if you try to lock the knees on there.
Like I said, there are exceptions with this, you’re doing a round with a hybrid, you’re chipping with a 5 iron from 15 feet away, maybe then truly all you are doing is just popping it up there. But with any kind of distance that’s really not going to work, that’s not going to be consistent.
The second piece of this, if I want my hips and knees and all that to move and create the momentum, I need to set up with my feet fairly open.
I like to have a really narrow stance. I like to have my right foot a little bit forward toward the target, going this way. I like to have my left foot definitely open, so I’m not square like this, I’m opening it up.
What that does, is that automatically turns out my knee, it turns out my hip socket, and now that’s much, much easier to come in and rotate through to the target and create that momentum with my body, that way my arms can just swing with that.
That way it’s very, very easy, just like you’re tossing a golf ball up there, not very difficult at all. Probably not going to hit three better than that, so it’s all down hill from here.
With that, another feeling I’ll have on this, is if I’m taking my right hand, and I used to say all the time, and I still do sometimes, is that chipping is as easy as taking a golf ball and just tossing it up there.
When I toss a golf ball, my hips open up, my body opens up, and then I just toss it this way. You don’t see anybody toss a golf ball, at least somebody that’s going to toss it very well, would do that and throw it across their body.
It’s going to open up, and then you toss it. Actually, I think chipping is easier than tossing a golf ball. No way I could toss three golf balls up there within two feet of the hole, it would almost be impossible.
If you learn to get the right technique, this chipping action is actually easier than tossing a golf ball. That one was a hair short, not my best, but hey, every once in a while, you’re going to hit some bad ones.
That’s one thing too, to always keep in mind when you’re doing this, you’re going to have some bad shots.
No matter if you’re the best chipper in the world, you get a bad lie, you get uncomfortable, you’re not playing that well that day, I’m going to hit some thin ones. I’m going to chunk some chips.
It doesn’t mean you’re a bad chipper, it just means that’s golf, golf’s a difficult game. Don’t hold yourself to an impossible standard where I have to get all of them up and down.
You’re never going to get all of them up and down, it’s just never going to happen. Even the best pros in the world, and those guys are good, are maybe getting 70 percent of these up and down.
So from there, where do we move on? Variety of clubs. I could actually hit this with a lot of different clubs, and the main thing is, that I just want to make sure I use the same technique with all of these.
So let me take what I’ll usually use is a gap wedge, a 56°, and a 60°. Let’s start out with my gap wedge.
Now when I have less loft on this club, so that was a 60° I was just hitting there, when I have less loft, that’s going to lower the trajectory of the shot, it’s going to make it run a little bit more, it’s going to take a little spin off of this.
If I use my gap wedge here, my 50° wedge, as I bump it up on the green, it’s going to roll out a little bit more. Now if I hit it clean, it’s still going to have a decent amount of spin on it.
It’s just not going to check up quite as much as what my 60° did. It’s also going to come out a little bit hotter.
So as you start to hit these, you’re going to have to make a slightly smaller swing so that it’s not going to go past the hole or anything. That was a pretty good one, I think.
Again, it’s the exact same technique. I’m rotating my knees, I’m letting everything swing back. The momentum is coming from my body, my arm just feels like it’s kind of tossing the club, just like I mentioned tossing a golf ball up there to the hole.
That’s my gap wedge, completely fine. If you want to use a pitching wedge, a 9 iron, that’s completely fine.
I just don’t do that that much because I find that I like to have a little more spin on it, and if I get a little bit more spin, I have better stopping power, so it’s going to hit one hop and then stop by the hole, rather than me having to judge how many feet it’s going to roll out, or where it lands.
If it lands on the upslope or flat spot, it’s going to kick different ways. I’d rather land it a little farther. Here’s my 56° wedge, and again, the same thing. Exact same technique, feet close together.
One reason I put my feet close together, you can imagine my feet are touching very easily to rotate, like this, very, very easy.
If my feet are really wide, now all of a sudden it gets tougher to rotate, I actually have to move my feet to rotate, which obviously I’m not going to do that on a chip shot very much.
The closer together your stance, the easier it’s going to be to hit these little chip and pitch shots. That’s my 56°, you can see I carried it a little farther.
Oh, finally got one to go in, so that was pretty cool. You’ll notice it carried a little farther than my gap wedge. Had a little more spin on it, a little bit of a higher trajectory.
One of the things that I get asked all the time too is where I put the ball position.
I think that’s another big mistake that people talk about, and they get wrapped up in where the ball is in relationship to your feet, as far as back foot or front foot, or whatever, and they’re not looking at it from something set every single time.
The way I like to think about it, is if I set up to this little chip shot here, again, my front foot’s open, if I take my back foot away, so let’s just say I’m just looking at my left foot here.
I’ve completely removed my back foot. If I’m just looking at this golf ball, it’s probably around my left heel. So it’s on my left heel, and that’s pretty far up in the stance.
If my foot was square, my feet were square, it’s going to almost be on my front toe there for a pretty stock chip shot. If I want to hit it a little lower, maybe I move it back a little.
If I want to hit a little higher, maybe I move it up a little, but it’s not greatly different on any of those. I’m probably moving it back an inch or two, forward an inch or two is about all I’m going to do. I’m never going to do this.
If I put it way back in my stance, now I’m going to chop down in the ground, you’re not going to see these clean hits like I had there.
If I move it way up, all of a sudden that’s way up there, I feel like I’ve got to get hands and arms, really not going to work.
If I’m looking at just in relation to my front foot, it’s off the heel. Also, if I’m looking at it in relationship to my back foot, they’re so close together, if I remove my left foot, it looks like it’s on my back foot too.
The mistake I see players making, is they hear this saying “put it off your back foot,” which is exactly what I’m doing, this is off my back toe, but they use a wide stance.
This is where my ball position would be if I had a wide stance, right? In the middle there. What the mistake is, is people hear that advice, “put it on your back foot,” they use a wide stance.
They say OK, I’ve got to put it off my back foot, all of a sudden I’m way back here, and I’m just chopping down into this thing.
I’m not going to even going to hit one from there, because it’s going to mess up the turf where I’m hitting these good shots.
I’ll hit one from other here though, I’ll put it in the back of my stance, and all of a sudden I’m hitting down, and I chunk it, it dribbles off to the left, it dribbles off to the right, I could do anything with it, lay the sod over it.
That’s a tough shot. I would not be able to hit fix or six in a row as nicely as I’ve hit some of those if I’m playing it off my back foot with a wide stance like that.
In a nutshell there what I’m really saying is that the ball position relative to your feet only works is if your feet is close together, or your feet are set up the way the person’s telling you to set up.
If I put my stance wider, or I put my weight way to the left, all that gets weird. Basically what you want to do is you’re going to have your ball position pretty much in the middle of your stance.
Feet close together, and now as you rotate back and through, again, it’s going to be pretty easy to just clip that nice and clean. Caught that one a little hot, so it just rolled out a little extra.
Again, you’re not going to hit them all perfect. If you’re going to say I’m going to have a tap-in every time from here, you just need to pick a different sport, because it’s just not going to happen.
Let’s go over a few more things I think really cause some trouble in people’s chipping. Now I’ve got an awesome drill to help you hit the really, clean, crisp contact.
You’ll notice I’ll probably hit about eight balls or so here, and I haven’t really taken any kind of a divot.
I’ve brushed the turf. I’ve hit some grass, but I haven’t really dug down there and taken a divot, and I haven’t really dug that leading edge down into the ground.
Now there’s something you can do, obviously the technique we talked about rotating on through using the momentum of the body, that makes it way easier, but there’s something you can do to make this even more precise.
I was actually, this really hit home for me, I was working with a player at the US Senior Open, and we were paired with Tom Pernice in a practice round.
He uses a 60° wedge with almost no bounce it. He had like 4° of bounce, and most of that bounce is shaved off the back.
So he’s really using no bounce at all, and he was doing the same thing with the 60° wedge, he was even hitting low shots that didn’t go very high in the air, low skippers that didn’t take a divot at all, and that was pretty surprising that he was able to do that without hitting that leading edge into the ground.
I knew there’s a great drill that can really help you do this, and here’s how I go through that, if you want to hit it nice and clean like they’re doing.
So let’s use three tees. Number one is going to be a tee I set up about an inch off the ground. Number two, I’m going to set it up about a half-inch off the ground.
Then number three, I’m going to set up a tee just barely above the grass, so the head of the tee is just barely sticking up off the turf. Three different tee heights.
What I’m going to go is I’m going to hit five shots on each one, and the goal is that I’m going to clip just the tee only.
No turf, no grass, I’m not going to touch a blade of grass, and I’m also not going to swing over top of the tee and miss.
That’s going to allow me to get the depth or how high I’m swinging over this grass really, really fine-tuned. If I can do that, then I’m going to be really precise with these shots.
Now the way to make this work, and obviously you’re probably thinking well Clay, if I could do that, I wouldn’t be watching this video, there’d be no point, right?
The way you’re actually going to make this happen technique-wise, is what I was talking about with the body.
Imagine that I was to grab just with two fingers, just barely holding on to this club, really, really loose in my left hand, and I just let again, the momentum of my body swing back and through and move that club around.
So I’m really not holding on with anything here, I’m just letting my body momentum swing on through. That’s the only way you’re going to be able to make this work.
You have to be nice and soft, and let the momentum of your body clip those tees. I’m able just to take a couple fingers and my left hand, I’ve got a little bit of grass there, that was no good.
But for the most part, I’m able to take just two fingers on my grip, and then let that momentum of my body hit that tee on a regular basis, because that’s going to be a much more precise way of doing it.
Again, the keys to that are, little open stance, I can’t think about keeping my body toward the target, or toward the ball, I have to let my body rotate toward the target as I come on through.
That’s going to get that momentum and that softness that’s going to be required to hit the tee pretty clean.
Now when you’re looking at those low shots, and I’ll show you those in a minute, that’s not coming from taking the loft off necessarily, that’s coming mostly from hitting it so clean that the face grabs and keeps the ball low.
I’m going to go over that here in a second too, how you’d hit a low, medium, and high. But first, before we get to that, again, I’m going to hit five swings, and I want you to hit five swings, starting with the one-inch tee.
You’re going to do everything we talked about here, and you’re feeling like you’re just tossing that club toward the target.
You see that I can clip that tee every single time. One-inch is pretty easy, you’ll be able to do that right away.
The half-inch gets a little bit tougher. Every once in a while, you’ll miss the tee, every once in a while, you’ll brush a little bit of the grass, which you don’t want to do. I’m trying to get just all tee like that, that was perfect. I love that one.
Again, all tee there. So if I do that five times, now I’m going to move to the one, this is pro caliber here, I really struggle with this one, not the easiest, but you do a little bit of this every day, you’re going to become a master of the short game.
So just the head of the tee is all that’s sticking up over the grass, and I’m going to do the same thing here. So I missed over top of that one, missing over top that one pretty tough, and I got that one, clipped the head of the tee.
I may have got a little bit of grass though, but that’s pretty good. Five reps on that, and then finally, you’re going to do five reps where you just brush the turf. So now I’m brushing the turf, but I’m not digging down into the soil.
You can hear that skipping, you can hear that nice clipping of the grass but I’m really not jamming down into it. The cool thing about this, you can practice right from your living room. Get out on the carpet, it’s not going to hurt it all.
Because you’re not chopping down into it, and just see if you can barely brush the surface of the grass, or the surface of the carpet, without digging down into the hard part of the carpet, and that will be exactly the same as what you’re doing when you’re chipping. That’s good stuff there.
Now let’s move on to, I hear a lot of times how do I control the trajectory of these? How do I hit these shots higher or lower, that kind of thing.
Let me go over that. The main thing is, if I hit this club directly into the ball and no grass gets in the way, it’s going to grab pretty good, and it’s going to spin.
If I start hitting too much grass, chopping down into it, you see blades of grass pop up like that, it’s tough to really hit it clean enough to have a lot of spin on it.
So the cool thing about this is you don’t have to be a pro to do this, you practice the right way, you’re going to get pretty dag-gone good. Here, I’m going to hit a low spinner, try to hit a low spinner.
In order to do that, I’m still going to set up with my 60° a little bit open, so the face is a little bit open. This actually say 58° on the bottom, it’s bent to 60°, so the face is a little bit open.
Then from there, I’m going to have the hands a little forward as I’m coming to contact. Again, I’m imagining just like I’m clipping that head of that tee off the turf. That’s all that I’m going to touch.
There, light slow spinner, just didn’t hit it hard enough. Talked too much, not enough hitting. Good shot, just didn’t swing quite hard enough when I did that one.
You’ll see just a little tiny bit of dirt came on the face there, not much at all. So I’m going to wipe that off. In order to get that spin, you really have to have a super clean club face.
Again there, little bit open with the 60°, little forward shaft lean, and I’m really going to try to hit that low spinner, just like that one. I like that one a lot.
We’ll see how that checked up right when it went to the hole. So that’s the 60° wedge. That’s 60° of loft on it, but because I’m hitting it so clean and there’s no grass between the ball and the club, it’s going to stay low.
I do have a little forward shaft lean, though. If I took enough grass, took too much grass and some grass got wedged between that ball and the face, it acts like grease or oil, something really slick like slime, and the ball shoots up the face, it goes higher with no spin.
So if I really want to spin those, again, it’s all about how cleanly you can hit those just like we did in the tee drill.
That was another really clean one, you can see it want to bite right as it’s getting up there by the hole. So I’m happy with those.
Now if I want to go a little higher, all I’m doing here, exact same technique. Nothing changes other than I open the face a little tiny bit more.
Not much, just slightly more, and when my momentum of my body is coming through, instead of momentum continuing to accelerate and getting a little forward shaft line, my momentum’s going to be a little softer and I’m going to let that club face release a little bit.
Again, as long as I’m not digging down into the turf, I can get that ball to go a little bit higher. That was a really nice one, just a little hard is all, but you see how it wanted to really grab for me.
I can get that ball to go a little higher and I’m not going to have to worry about sliding under it or doing anything like that.
So the only difference there, in those two shots with that 60° wedge, was a little bit more of open with the face, and not much.
I’m just barely more open with it, and as I come through, I’m letting that club release a little bit. A little slight bit more. Let’s try one more there, there’s a nice high one.
That one’s going to be pretty good, it stopped right by the hole. Again, I’m hitting it clean enough, not taking enough grass, hitting that ball first to where it’s still going to have good spin on it even if it gets a little higher up in the air like that.
Now the flop shot, and I’ll tell you, Tom Pernice can really hit some short game shots. I saw him hit a flop shot from about this distance that actually backed up.
I still haven’t been able to do that one yet, but the way that he’s doing this, and the way these pros are hitting these really crazy flop shots, is the exact same technique we’re using there.
They’re not letting that club thump the ground very hard. It’s just coming through and barely brushing that turf, and what’s happening is, it’s not getting any grass between the face and the ball and it gets a lot of friction between that.
Now I will say, this is not the highest margin for error. I would much rather take my gap wedge, my pitching wedge, hit a nice little bump and run up there than I would hit this flop shot.
The only time I’d hit this flop shot is if the slope is running away from me, this pin is tucked, and that’s the only way I can get it to stop.
If I have that though, I open up that face a little bit more, significantly open here, almost like it’s up toward the sky.
Again, I’m going to feel like I just brushed that turf nice and aggressive, and it should get a decent amount of spin on it.
That was pretty good, but what happened is, spun it good, see how it checked up right away? But that’s the problem you run into with the flop shot. Very difficult to control your distance.
That one went 15, 20 feet by, just because it’s a tough shot. If you want to get to where you can hit flop shots within five feet of the hole every single time, never going to happen.
Not even the best players in the world. You will see the best players in the world hit a lot of good flop shots, but it’s hit or miss.
Again, let’s try another one, face open, nice and clean coming through here. That was a really good one, and that one stopped dead, spun right by the hole, and now I got a six inch one.
That one makes you look like a million bucks, the one before makes you look like you don’t know what you’re doing. So the flop shot is definitely the low margin for error shot.
Now let’s try a few out with ball position. Again, on that flop shot, one thing I didn’t mention there is I’m really trying to hit one low and running, I’m going to play it about an inch back.
This is my standard trajectory shot. I’m going to play it here for that low-running shot, and again, I’m going to rely mostly on the cleanest of contact to get that to go out nice and low.
That one did that, barely got up in the air, had nice spin on it, that’s great. For the standard trajectory shot, it’s just going to be the normal position like I talked about.
For that flop shot or a higher one, I’m going to put it a little more up in my stance. This is normal here, I just scoot it a little bit up.
I like to have my right foot a little bit more back in the flop shot, but it just depends on how you want to play that. It’s a little bit farther up, again when I’m hitting that flop shot. That was a nice flop there.
That’s about as good as I’m going to be able to do on these. Still clean enough to where it flew up there, and then it stopped, it didn’t roll out very much.
Here’s another question I get all the time when it comes to not digging, just being able to brush this turf every single time. There’s basically two ways that you can do this.
Now I mentioned for me, that I really like to keep everything opening up. What happens when you open up, is that you shallow out the angle of attack and you shallow out the swinging of your club.
Here’s what I mean by this. If I keep my hips square, so my belt buckle is facing toward the ball, my shoulders are facing toward the ball, and I swing toward this, this is almost like that putting stroke I was talking about.
I keep my head down, and I do this putting stroke type action. What I’m having to do to move the club, is all hands, arms, and shoulders. It’s a lot of action moving across my body, and it’s very inconsistent.
Lock your hips. Here what I want you to do. Set up against a wall. Put your rear end up against a wall. Swing back and forth without letting your rear end come off that wall, you’re going to notice two things.
One, I can’t swing very far through without chicken winging. Even if I tried to rotate on through, it really doesn’t work, I’m going to chicken wing.
Number two, I’ll feel a lot of hands and arms working through this shot. A lot of wrist, a lot of stuff where I feel like I’m muscling it.
Now the right way to do this, again, is to feel like you’re opening up and coming through the shot. If I do that, what’s going to happen is at contact, my hips are actually open a little bit.
So my belt buckle would be about 45° open. Now I’m swinging toward this target, or this direction.
If I take my hips and I put them back toward square, so the relationship between my hips and the direction I’m winging, and I turn my hips back towards square, look how the direction of my club is swinging is actually 45° to the right.
So when you’re hitting a short game shot, you’re actually doing this. This is the swing. It’s a 45° or 30° swing to the right of your body. That’s very shallow. I couldn’t dig that into the ground if I wanted to.
Try doing that, and you’ll see it’s very difficult to really do anything other than just barely brush the turf when you’re doing that. Very different than keeping the body square and trying to muscle it.
So if you do this properly, what’s going to happen here is that your body’s going to open up and I have this sensation that I’m letting this come from the inside and swing this way.
As my body opens up, look how that’s going to square that up toward the target. When my body’s open and that club’s going toward the target, that’s the same as my body being square and me coming to the inside.
That is so hard to chunk from that position, you’re going to just have to come in nice and shallow. So that’s the first key, I really want to make sure my body opens up, and I really want to feel the sensation.
Again, I’m doing that tossing motion. My body’s open, I’m tossing this way. That’d be no different than my body being square and me tossing that way. That’s the way you want to have it happen.
If I’m going to toss to the camera here, I’m going to do it this way. I’m not going to go like that, and push across my body. Nobody’s going to be accurate that way. So I’ve got to get that body opening up.
That’s the first one there, let me go ahead and hit another one. Again, I’ve been talking too much, I’ll probably do terrible on this one.
Yeah, big-time chunk there, not very good, but you can see it still rolled out. Not a terrible one, I can probably make that putt if I hit a nice putt.
Even when you mess up, if you have the right technique, it’s going to be pretty good. You’re not going to really hit one bad. So again, let’s try one more. I’ll open up the body, let that tossing action happen.
Yeah again, they’re pretty good. A little short, and just hit a little too much grass, but completely fine. Now another way that players will keep from way too much ground and digging, is they will feel like they get a lot of extension.
So as they come through, their upper body is back this way. That’s completely fine. That’s not particularly my style.
I like to get a little bit more to the left to shallow it out, but if you’d like to get a little bit more of that extension-type move like this, that’s completely fine.
I nipped that one good, just need to hit a little farther, but that was nice and clean contact with the turf. So no matter if you’re going to extend, or if you’re going to rotate to the left, either one of the works.
You’ve just got to make sure that you don’t stay square and try to muscle it across your body. Also get a lot of questions on the grip.
One thing that I like to do is either take your normal grip and I like to set up a little more vertical, so my upper body is more up and down.
I don’t want to have a lot of tilt away like I would in a full swing. I’m going to be more vertical here. That will put my right hand in position as a little more on top of the club like this.
That’s going to keep the club from closing down and me flipping at it. So I don’t want to be here, my hand under, that’s too much under like this, it’s going to be tough to open up when I do that.
I want to be more vertical with my body, have the right hand on top. Now I can choke up a little bit of I want. A lot of players will start to choke up on the shaft a little bit.
I’m not a huge fan of that, even though it will work. I just hit one there where I choked up on it and actually hit it nice and clean, just didn’t quite hit it hard enough.
But if I choke up on it, I think that’s more of a result of trying to not dig when you have improper mechanics.
Now it’s different than just a little hybrid punch shot when you’re on the collar of the green, you know little tiny shot.
That’s fine to choke up on it, you can use different technique. But I find most players, and again, it’s OK if you want to choke up, but I find most players have bad technique, everything’s square, they’re muscling it.
They start chunking a few, and now all of a sudden if I really choke up on it, it makes it easier not to chunk.
Well, if you get your stance a little open, let your body open up, let the club toss, you’re not going to worry about chunking as much, you’re not going to have to choke up on it as much as you want to.
But by all means, if you like to choke up on it, and I’ll choke up on this one quite a bit. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
If you use the right technique, you can do just about whatever you want, although that feels really weird to me, I pulled it about five feet to the left. You could use whatever technique you want and it’s still going to be pretty clean as you do that.
Now lastly here, let’s talk about one little trick that I like to use again, to make it come in nice and clean. If I focus on my left shoulder here, as I’m coming through contact, so again, I just want to brush this turf.
I don’t really want to hit much of anything at all. I want to feel like this shoulder comes back around away from my body.
If somebody had a rope and they were standing behind me, and they pulled that rope it will pull my shoulder back this way, that allows that to open up and the momentum of your body to let that club swing on through there.
I’m really not using, I could even take this club with jut a couple fingers here, and I can just let my body open up, and the momentum of that club is going to swing it on around. That’s very, very good there.
If I keep this shoulder still, again that would be the locked in front, arms going like this, that shoulder’s still. I have to chicken wing and collapse up.
So for me, I like to think of it as that left shoulder really coming around to the left, and that’s going to help me to stay nice and shallow, really not have to worry about making bad contact, and I can hit some pretty dag-gone good ones there.
So I hit a nice one there. Then finally, to show you how easy this can be if you’re hitting them well, and I’m down to my last ball, the pressure’s on here.
I’ve hit all these shots, I haven’t hit any terrible ones, but I’m going to hit one one-handed now to show you how if the momentum of your body is working correctly, you can still hit it pretty clean as you’re doing this.
Now if I shank this, it’s not going to look like a very good video, so we’ll have to see how good this technique is.
Again, I’m really letting everything open up here. I want to make sure that my club face is clean so the dirt or the grass on the ball on the ground doesn’t get in between the ball and the club.
If I do this, I should be able to make pretty consistent contact and get it up there. Not too bad, even with one arm. So I didn’t completely choke on that one, and the technique worked pretty good.
Now we don’t want to stop here. If we just do this video, you’re going to be awesome with the chipping, you’re really going to get the fundamentals down.
It’s going to become easier, but it’s not going to stay forever. You’ll go a couple weeks, you’ll forget about what we did, you’ll start chipping poorly again, and you’ll be back to square one.
What you want to do is go to the Top Speed Golf System, click on the Short Game area, and practice those short game shots. Go through the system. Work through drill 1.1, 1.2, work your way up.
As you go through those, you’re going to ingrain the technique and the habits to where you just set up to a shot, you look at the hole, you react, and all of a sudden the ball’s a tap-in up there from the hole.
You didn’t have to think about anything. That’s the technique that I want you to develop, that’s the technique I know you can develop, and it only happens by working through the system, not just by one single video.
So best of luck, and I’ll see you in the Short Game.