HOW TO CHIP A GOLF BALL ONTO THE GREEN – SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP YOU CHIP GOLF BALL BETTER


(urban music) (ball tapping) – Adam Bazalgette here in Naples, Florida, found of Scratch Golf Academy. That was a nine iron chip of
about 50, 60 feet, chipping. Let’s talk about chipping and
how to be successful at it. Now, first thing I would say is until you can have pretty
consistent contact, until you’ve achieved that,
you’ve really got to camp there, because that is the foundation. Until you get that you’re never really going to develop distance control. So let me give you two
things about the stroke and then two things about the
setup, at least broad brush, that’ll help you get a handle on that. The stroke itself, let me
say this, if you play tennis, and I must confess I don’t much, but if you have a little shot at the net which is kind of an equivalent of a chip, not much power needed,
you need the racquet and the racquet shaft pretty stable. I don’t thing you see a great player on TV flipping at the ball like that. So similarly when you chip, you
have to have passive wrists. Now let me just qualify that
by saying not stiff wrists. There should be some play in the club and a little bit of the
natural to and fro motion. You should feel the weight of
the club, but fairly passive, and that shaft should be
pretty stable as you hit. Number two, as you make your stroke, if your wrists are
passive, you’ve got to get more energy from your trunk. Now unlike a powerful full shot, we’re not going to use the lower body nearly as dynamically here. In fact for the most part it’s to give you stability and balance. But as you pivot your
trunk back and forward and create this movement,
it’s still correct that your lower body should float through and just glide through a little bit, you see my right knee and ankle. A little bit like if I was
tossing a tennis ball to someone. Okay, those are two things: stable wrists, power source more the body. How do we set that up? Number one, when you stand to a chip, feet should be very close together, nearly touching if you’re near the green. Why is that important? When your feet are close together
your body is more mobile, you can pivot and turn better. A wide stance is just good for stability; we don’t really need
that on a shot like this. So feet close together,
and I’d say one more thing. I would slightly take my toes and knees, preset them to the target so it’s a little easier to get through. Now the last thing I
would say about the setup, and this involves the
positioning of the body relative to the ball, very critical for hitting the ball solidly. Your bottom of your
swing is likely to occur about under your body center, particularly in the absence
of dynamic movement. So you’ve got to make
sure that body center, those shirt buttons, are
at least up to the ball. See, a lot of golfers
put their hands forward, but they tilt their body back. You’re going to hit the ground
too early if you do that. So practice that, take a golf ball, drop it from your shirt buttons and make sure it’s in front or at least up to the ball you’re going to hit. So if you can get the right motion, and get yourself prepped with your stance and your chest location to do that motion, I think you’ll have some success chipping. If you like this video, hit the thumbs up, we’ll get you some more free content, subscribe you to the channel. You can make a comment
below, I’ll get to that. If it’s about your swing
I’ll try to get to that too. Again, Scratch Golf Academy has a host of information I hope you find helpful. I hope you’ll browse there. And most of all I hope this
helps you with your chipping. (urban music) (mouse clicking)

7 thoughts on “HOW TO CHIP A GOLF BALL ONTO THE GREEN – SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP YOU CHIP GOLF BALL BETTER

  1. The wedges while forgiving seem so imprecise….I got a small 9 iron for this…have to adjust my swing, but very nice feel.

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