Touted as the best chipper currently in the game; I came across another excellent chipping tip by Phil Mickelson. He offers a method to adjust for ingrain shots that ensures clean contact and consistent results. His tip is nothing new to me, but I have not used it in sometime. Read on and take a look.
Phils heel up and toe down approach does work. I have used it in the past, but not as Mickelson demonstrates. Obviously, if Phil Mickelson is using this technique, then it has value. However, I will warn you that it is not an easy shot and one that needs plenty of practice.
I have used this technique with a 5-iron in the thick longer grass around the green. I tip the club upwards so the grip is almost over the ball. I stand so the ball is about 6 inches from my toes. I adopt a putter grip and position the toe of my 5 iron behind the centre of the ball. I swing the club with a putter motion when making contact. When performed properly, the ball will pop out (about 1 or 2 feet) of the long grass and roll out on your intended line. Again, this is an advanced shot that requires some practice to ensure that the toe of the 5-iron makes contact on the ball with no grass between it and the club face.
Phil Mickelson consistently offers great chipping tips. However, understand what is easy for him can be an advanced shot for amateurs. All I can recommend is that you take the time to practice his offerings before you try it on the golf course.
Have you seen Phil’s tip before?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!