Golf is a game of inches or so I am told. Reading all the available literature and watching the best videos, I hear the constant blah, blah, blah of white noise. It appears that most experts believe they have found the solution to you woes and all I can say to most of them the phewy! Most golfers need their own solution because of the uniqueness of their body type and swing. Well, today I can say with certainty that I have found a chipping solution that works for my game and might for yours. Let me explain!
Last year was a terrible year chipping. You name the woe and at some time, I was doing it. Mostly, I found that my contact through the ball was poor regardless of what I tried. And believe me I tried many solutions that included, but not limited too:
- accentuated forward press with my hands
- the ball on the back foot
- the ball on my front foot
- weight distributed all over my stance
- short backs wing and popping through the ball (this fail miserably)
- long slow back swing and slow controlled follow through (chili dip anyone?)
As you can see I did not have a banner year. It was at the point that I did not want to be between 3 and 10 yards of the green. This was a danger zone for me. At the end of the season I was helping my ball to the green and was just another recipe for disaster. Looking at my stats, I would say I was chipping the ball less than 30% to within 5 feet from 3 to 10 yards from the green. This is just not acceptable. Okay enough of the whining, I think you get the point.
During my chipping practice over the past few days a glorious light of understanding suddenly flashed. It was if I was a novice player realizing I had beaten down the door holding me back from lower golf scores. It was so simple, I cannot believe that I did not recognize it the past. Are you ready?
I lowered my hands on my wedge by two inches. Yup that is it. After doing this, I was able to consistently hit chip after chip in my DIY chipping area. The funny thing is that I used to set my hands up on my wedge when chipping all the time. I guess my time off for medical reasons in 2018 resulted in my loosing my touch. See the minor adjustment below:
Talk about knocking off the rust from my short game. I feel like a weight was lifted and I am eager to keep practicing my short game.
I realize that this seems like an odd thing for someone of my experience to overlook, but it was not until I was consitently hitting behind the ball resulting in poor inconsistent ball flight that I needed to take a very serious look at my technique.
So, it is back to my old style of chipping. I feel confident with this minor change and wish that I had this epiphany last year. It could have saved me a season of frustration.
With my recent change or reversion, it demonstrates that all golfers need to really examine the roots of their game from time to time. In my case, two inches will make a world of difference. Now all I need is the ability to practice outside!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!