So, you are standing 15 yards off the green and the pin is short sided. You select your club and then have to figure out where to land the ball so it will release to the hole. It is a decision that we golfers make at least a dozen times a round (give or take a few). The trick is ‘do you have a process’ or do you just guess the distance?
Personally, I fall into the ‘process’ category. I believe that developing a process will greatly improve my ability to get the ball tight at any distance. Of course, I still use some feel with making a decision, but I try to reduce the amount of guessing I make when chipping. One of my favourite drills focuses on landing the ball from specific distances. It is a drill I use often, especially in the off-season.
In the case of the drill above, you can see that I am attempting to roll the ball out to the hole. So, my club selection is very important. The basic set up is as follows:
- Place on club behind the hole approximately 1 foot
- Place two clubs, approximately 3 feet apart, at a given distance from the hole. In the case of the picture above it is about 15 feet
- Pace off a hitting area about 5, 10, 15, and 20 yards from the two clubs (this distance will vary depending on what distance you want to specifically practice)
- Chip balls so they land between the two clubs and one hop and release
- Try varying clubs, from different distances, to determine the roll out to the hole
- Repeat as often as required
I really like this drill. During the actual golf season it is very beneficial and helps me develop greater control with my wedges. During the off-season, I only work on distance control of the ball in the air to a landing point. By using both of these drills, I can practice my short game all year around. It helps speed up my return to golf in April.
By practicing this drill, you will take the guessing out of chipping. The result of being more confident with your scoring irons will show up on lower golf scores after each round. It is drills like this that help me establish a process to eliminate guessing when making strokes around the green.
Do you have a process to removing guessing during your short game?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!