High Soft Golf Shots by Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson has started to share his wisdom in shot videos. I for one appreciate his efforts to educate the masses. His recent clip on how to hit a hit soft shot, not a flop shot, is perfectly timed because I am working on chipping in my basement off my DIY chipping mat.

What I like about this video is that he focuses on the weight distribution. I have mentioned this many times in previous articles that having most of our weight on the lead foot is critical to great chipping. Phil definitely empathizes this point.

He also mentions the importance of letting the club do all the work. So many times I have watched players mess around with the lie of the club only to skull their ball across the green. Our equipment is designed to help our golf swing if would only let it.

Finally, watch his follow through. It finishes very high. Like working in the bunker, a high finish is key to a success chip from any distance. We often think we need to abbreviate our follow through because of a shorter distance, well Phil just proved that is just not so.

I hope this tip helps your game, I know it will help mine.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

2 thoughts on “High Soft Golf Shots by Phil Mickelson

  1. I hit two shots like that this past week and am happy say they both came out great. The first one was pretty easy as the ball was sitting up a bit and I had plenty of green to work with too, but the second one I was especially proud of because I managed it from a tight lie with much less green to play with. And I did it with my sand wedge instead of the lob wedge I would have usually pulled because after thinking about the reply you made to my post on my wedge loft seperation a couple weeks ago, I decided to give a try at using a couple different wedges I had that would give me a consistant 4 degree separation. It just meant I couldn’t carry the lob wedge to try it. So I’ve had to work a bit on hitting lob shots or soft shots as your calling them with my sand wedge instead. Thankfully, that’s a shot I can practice in my back yard. I’d never done that before, but it’s helped a lot.

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    • Kevin

      That is fantastic. I am glad that you have that shot in your bag because it is very valuable around the green. I work on this shot often and will be doing so in my back yard this summer. Thanks for filling us in on your successes.

      Cheers Jim

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