Golf Today - Over 80000 pages of golf information
Golf News

On balance, this is better...

Try this simple drill to improve your chipping technique: with your weight on your left side, you can develop a repeating chipping stroke and enjoy a consistent ball-turf strike...

Having the ability to consistently control the bottom of the swing
arc is perhaps the biggest single key to developing your chipping
skills around the green. Good technique revolves around creating a
balance and body position at the set up that enables you to control
the movement with the upper body so that the arms swing freely
and return the clubhead on a consistent path.

The majority of faults in this arena of the short game stem from
a tendency to want to help (scoop) the ball up into the air (as illustrated
in the sequence below). As a result, there are a lot of golfers
out there who tend to reverse their weight onto the back foot as
they swing the clubhead through impact – a fault that automatically
causes the low point in the arc to fall behind the ball. So the shot is either hit fat, or the clubhead skids and catches the top of the ball,
causing it to be skulled across the green. Either way, the result ain’t
pretty and you waste an awful lot of shots around the green.

Draw right foot back and balance it on the toe of the right shoe. At the same time, flex your left leg as you gently lean your weight to the target. Weight remains on that left side throughout as you work on cultivating a silky-smooth swing, the upper body controlling the swinging motion of the arms

Controlling the motion with the shoulders/upper body, let your arms swing freely to create the chipping stroke. Your weight remains on that left side throughout

The beauty of this exercise is that as soon as you adjust your
set up position as I have above – i.e. you draw your right foot back
from the left and balance on the toe of the right shoe – your weight
distribution is automatically taken care of. Try it right now in front of
a mirror. As soon as you draw that right foot back and balance
your posture on the toe of the right shoe, you will feel the sensation
of your upper body leaning gently towards the target as you flex
the left leg to stabilise your position. The majority of your weight
will now be supported on the left side – where you want it to remain
as you go to work on your basic chipping technique.

Play the ball just back of your left heel, and let your hands find a
natural position, leaning the shaft gently to the target. There’s noting
to stop you hitting shots like this out on the course.


This is what I mean by wanting to 'scoop' at the ball and help it up into the air. The tendency among many amateur players is to lean back as the club is returned to impact – i.e. the player's weight is moving in the
opposite direction to the swing. As a result, the bottom of the swing arc falls some way before the ball, and in this instance the club has literally bounced over the top of the ball, imparting only a glancing blow, skulling the shot.

By simply adjusting your stance – as per the exercise above – you can clearly see the way in which good posture putts you in a good position to deliver a crisp downward strike on the back of the ball. With the upper body leaning gently towards the target, weight on the left side, your hands and arms automatically swing the club down to bruise the turf after the ball.

Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine

Mickelson brings Major appeal to Scotland

Reed aiming to master Gullane as he returns to the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open

Fitzpatrick joins PGA TOUR as Special Temporary Member

Phil Mickelson apologizes for US Open conduct

Aussie Open champion Peter Thomson dies aged 88

In-form Fleetwood eyes glory in Germany

Fleetwood ready to carry momentum into Scottish Open

More news

BMW International Open R3: Six-way tie for lead in Germany

Travelers Championship R2: Brian Harman takes lead in Connecticut

American Family Insurance Championship R1: Host Steve Stricker takes opening lead in Wisconsin

Latest Official World Golf Ranking

Current European Tour Race to Dubai Standings

Current PGA Tour FedEx Cup Standings

LET & partnering to promote best championship courses

Swedes in search of major success at Jabra Ladies Open

IK Kim & Catriona Matthew will return to Royal Lytham

Laura Davies first woman to compete in Staysure Tour event

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship R1: Gaby Lopez grabs Walmart lead with 63

More news

Rickie Fowler, Puma & Arnie Army to honor Arnold Palmer

Sketchers unveil 2018 GO GOLF collection

© 1996-2018 - Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy - About Us - Advertise - Classifieds - Newsletter - Contact Us