After chipping 500 golf balls over the last five days, I am finally starting to remember what makes my chipping successful. After clanging, sculling, mishitting, and chili dipping, I am finally starting to feel like I am on the right track. I figure I still have another couple of thousand chips to go, but I am getting there!
The one benefit I realize for the delay of golf courses opening is I have the time and focus to practice. On the opening day, my short game will be further ahead than in any year past. I am currently focusing on distances from 25 to 40 yards and each session his helping me refine my carry distance. This will pay great dividends early in the season.
The two major points I have refined are the hand position on the club and my weight distribution. My hand position, after much tinkering, is exactly the same as mentioned in my article: How Inches Can Change Your Golf Game!
My weight distribution was more challenging. I played with ball position and realized that this was not the avenue (for now) to successful chipping. I needed to go back to basics and that started with my weight distribution. At first, I was placing about 80% of my weight on the lead leg, but that just caused me to drive my wedge into the chipping mat.
So, I gradually moved shifted my weight backwards to a 55% lead leg and 45% trail leg. It is in this position I feel the most balance so I can rotate my hips properly and consistently hit just behind the ball. The results of my adjustments has provided a foundation for moving forward. Now that I have settled on my weight distribution, I can work on other things like ball position and flight.
The more I practice, the more I remember the right things about chipping. Everyone has to find what works best for their game. Sometimes it takes a long time and in other instances it is about knocking off the rust and remembering what works.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!