Control your chip shot trajectory
By Carly Frost, in association with Dan Frost, www.frostgolf.com March 27, 2013
I must confess that I used to be a very one-dimensional chipper. What I mean by that is that I would use the same style chip shot for every scenario around the greens. My lofted pitching wedge chip and run was my 'go to' shot for virtually every scenario, but there were times when it was very limiting. When I met my husband, one of Europe's leading golf coaches, a few years ago he changed that. Dan has transformed my chipping technique by giving me a few very simple pointers around the greens. I'm sharing one of them with you this week. It's how to control your chip shot trajectory - i.e. how to alter whether your chips fly high and land softly or whether they fly little lower with more run-out. And it all comes down to one simple change to your throughswing...
THE HIGH 'DROP & STOP' CHIP SHOT
This shot is great when you've got to play a chip to a really close pin, or have to pop the ball up and over a bunker, or you're playing a shot out of fluffy rough. To play this shot effectively you need to keep the badge of your golf glove facing the target, which means that the clubface stays pointing up at the sky as you swing through. This will keep maximum loft on the club and the ball will pop up into the air as I am demonstrating here.
THE LOW 'CHIP & RUN'
This is a particularly useful shot to be able to play when you have a lot of green to play with and the ball needs to roll out like a putt to the pin. To play this shot we need to allow the opposite to happen. So rather than holidng the loft on the clubface I want you to have the sensation of the club freely rotating through the ball. As the forearms and club rotates through it will put a small amount of draw spin on the ball, allowing the ball to fly lower and run-out when it hits the putting surface. Notice the position of my glove - the badge on my glove has rotated so that it is pointing behind me (to my left).
Have fun trying these two very simple yet effective new chipping methods out on the practice ground. Remember to focus on 'feeling' the difference and you'll develop a masterful touch around the greens.