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Try to chip in!
by Carly Frost
September 21, 2013

I managed to escape for a last minute week in the sunshine before my baby bump gets too big to fly last week and I'm now getting to the stage where playing a full round of golf is hard work. But that doesn't mean my short game has to suffer. So I hit the pitch and putt course and managed to work on my touch shots around the green. My husband and Elite Golf Coach Dan Frost gave me a few fund drills to use to make my practice time more entertaining, challenging and productive.

One I'm going to share with you this week is call the 'three ball hole drill'. Basically, he did this little test with me and said stand at the edge of the green to chip and look at the hole, how big does it seem. 'Pretty small' was my answer. Then he asked whether I would feel confident about 'chipping in' to this tiny target. 'Not really!' was my truthful response. He then placed three golf balls in line exactly in front of the hole and asked me to look at the target again; pointing out that the golf hole is exactly the same width as three golf balls placed side by side. I was surprised, I had no idea it was as wide as this, in my head the hole was only one ball wide. I looked at the target with the three balls lined up and to my shock it looked much bigger, even though I know it was exactly the same size - amazing what an optical illusion this is.

The aim of this challenge is to now try to play a chip and knock one of the balls into the hole. It's a really fun test and I managed it within a few tries. When you then take the balls away and try to chip to the hole again you will instinctively be picturing that they are still there and try and chip your shot in. It's something few of us club golfers try and do, but every professional golf is trying to chip in, rather than simply chip close. In doing so you'll find that when you miss your chip finishes really close to the hole anyway, leaving a simple putt to make up-and-down.








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