Learning new skills can be a challenge in golf. The issue is identifying the challenge and devising a drill or fix to help lower your golf score. Recently, I tried changing my short game with little success and have reverted back to my old style of chipping. The techniques I use first helped me break 90 and as I continued to improve I was able to break 80. By building the core fundamentals of chipping, my game was taken to a new level.
As I reverted back to my old style I first struggled with three areas. I had them fixed before and was able to quickly regain my previous form. The areas were:
- swing plane – I was coming inside too much on my draw back which resulted in a closed club face on impact. It was like I was swinging a baseball bat.
- right shoulder drop – I was set up like I was hitting a driver and as a result I hitting my ball ‘fat’ as much as I was making good contact.
- too much wrist action – I was trying to flip the ball and help it to my aim point instead of letting the club do the work.
As it happens, I found this video to help increase my speed of return to my old form. It was very helpful and I thought you would like to see what the gents from Me and My Golf have to say:
Their instruction was very beneficial and I found instant success. I do, however, still struggle with the first challenge swing plane. I am still working on that and I am not worried.
Additionally, I point the end of my club forward more in the video so my ‘laser pointing’ is on my left hip not in the middle of my stomach. This different club position works for me and is a minor variant to what they prescribe. As they suggest, I need to adjust my chipping swing to fit my game.
As you can see, these three areas are very important to building a strong foundation for chipping. If you conquer these three skills, then you will quickly see that your golf scores will improve and you will consistently be breaking 90.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!