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Chipping | Tips to help work your Chip Shot Out! .

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The first point to consider before playing your Chip Shot is to work out how you intend to play it by identifying your best Shot Option, for example should you fly your ball through the air to your Target or should you play it along the ground. A simple Shot Option decision can easily be made if you take into account all information the Golf Course is offering you!

 

 

Such as;

  • How is your Ball lying?
  • Are there any Hazards that need to be taken into consideration, such as Bunkers, Water Hazards, Slopes, Wind ...etc?
  • How far has your Ball got to travel to your Ideal Landing Area?
  • Can you create a comfortable Address Position?

Within this Lesson I have listed some simple and basic points for you to consider before playing your Chip Shot that will help you to improve your 'Chipping Results'. To keep these points simple I would like to assume your ball is lying well on a flat lie and you are able to take a comfortable Stance Position. I would also like to assume you have selected a Pitching Wedge to play your shot with.

Please remember that any lofted club can be used to play a Chip Shot even though I have selected a Pitching Wedge with all of my examples in this Lesson!

Ok let's get started;

As you walk up to a 'Green' there are a number of points that I would like you to take into account before deciding how you intend to play your 'Chip Shot', points such as;

How far has your ball got to travel to the flag?

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Observing the distance your ball needs to travel to your 'Target Area' is one of the first points I would like you to take into account. This is important as it will help you to determine the length and pace of your 'Ball Flight' that will then help you to determine your best Ball Flight Option that will suit your shot.

 

 

 

 

 

Have you got any hazards that your ball needs to fly over?

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Obviously if a hazard, such as a 'Bunker', is between your Ball and your 'Target Area' then a decision has to be made as to whether you play over or play round the 'Hazard'.

The same can be said about some slopes that may run across the Green. There may be occasion when you can fly your Ball over a slope and land it on a flat part of the Green to be able to control your Ball's Bounce when it lands on the Green.

 

 

 

How much green have you got to play with from your ball to your 'Target Area'?

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When you walk up to your Ball take account of the amount of Green between your ball and the flag and in particular identify any flat areas that could be used to land your ball in to be able to control your Ball's Bounce when it lands on the Green. These areas will also help you to control the ball's speed as it rolls up to your Target Area.

 

 

 

 

Always take account of any slopes that may affect your ball when it lands and rolls across the Green?

By looking for any slopes that maybe between your ball and your target it will help to identify your ideal Landing Area as Slopes will affect your ball when it lands on to the green or when your ball rolls across the green!

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'Uphill Slopes' - will cause your ball to bounce and stop quickly when landing on to the green and it will also cause your ball to roll slowly across the green.

'Downhill Slopes' - will cause your ball to bounce forward when landing on to the green and will also cause your ball to roll quickly across the green.

'Left to Right Slopes' - will cause your ball to bounce to the right when landing on to the green.

'Right to Left Slopes' - will cause your ball to bounce to the left when landing on to the green.

'Remember' - Any type of Slope that may be between your ball and Target Area that is running at an angle or running across the Green will cause your ball to either bounce or roll off it's straight Bounce Line or Roll Line.

Where ever possible identify a safe 'Landing Area' to land your ball in to?

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Before playing a Chip Shot one of the first points to consider is where your ball needs to land to be able to get your intended result, this area is known as a 'Landing Area'.  

To do this effectively I would like to recommend comparing your Chip Shot to an under arm throwing action and imagine yourself throwing your ball on to the Green. Then try to visualize the height and length of your Ball Flight and also try to picture your balls ideal Landing Area by taking into account how your ball will react when it lands on the green. This comparison will give you a clear idea as to how high, how far and how hard to strike your ball when playing your shot.

 

Take into account any slopes that may affect your 'Address & Posture Position'?

Before deciding on the type of shot you would like to play check to see how comfortable your Address & Posture Position will be while Addressing the ball, for example;

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  • Is your right foot in a higher position than your left foot meaning you are playing from an Downhill Lie?
  • Is your left foot in a higher position than your right foot meaning you are playing from an Uphill Lie?
  • Are your feet positioned higher than the ball meaning the ground is falling away from you?
  • Are your feet positioned lower than the ball meaning the ground is falling towards you?
  • Are you playing from a flat lie so you can create a comfortable position?

 

 

Have you identified any 'Danger Areas'?

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One of the most important points to consider when talking about lowering your scores is to be aware of and stay away from danger areas on the course as these will cause your scoring to be in-flatted. Danger Areas are areas where your next shot would be difficult to play and score from!

With this example there is a Bunker positioned just behind the flag so if the shot is played too aggressively and finishing beyond the flag then the Bunker will be brought into play! 

 

 

 

Is your preferred 'Target Line' too risky?

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Have eyes for the flag is not always your best shot option. If the flag is positioned in an area that is difficult to play too due to Hazards or Slopes near to the flag placement then a safer shot option should be considered!

You can recover your score if you take a Bogey on a Hole but it is a lot harder to recover from a Double Bogey or even a Triple Bogey!!

 

 

 

Is there is any wind and if so what direction is it coming from?

Wind will affect your balls 'Flight' so it is important to factor this into your shot selection before playing your shot.

For Instance;

  • If you are playing into the wind then your 'Ball Flight' needs to fly a little lower, where possible, to create a penetrating flight to encourage the ball to fly through the wind and remember your ball will stop quickly.
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  • If you are playing down wind then your 'Ball Flight' needs to fly a little higher to give a softer flight and a softer bounce when landing on to the green. Also remember that your ball will be encouraged to roll when it lands.
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  • If you are playing with the wind coming from the left your ball will fly left to right in flight and your ball will bounce left to right when landing.
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  • If you are playing with the wind coming from the right your ball will fly right to left in flight and your ball will bounce right to left when landing.

 

You can now identify your 'Target line!'

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When you have worked out the way you intend to play your shot and the club you intend using turn your attention to creating a Target Line. This line should be used to align your Clubhead at Address and should run from your Ball to your Landing Area.

At this point you will have finished working your shot out and should have decided the type of shot you want to play and the club you want to play it with so turn your attention to my next Lesson - The Address & Posture Position.  

 

Your Next Lesson

  • The Address & Posture Position
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    Related Lessons

  • Introduction to playing a 'Chip Shot'
  • The Hand & Arm Swing
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