I stumbled across this video from MeandMyGolf regarding when to make contact on the ground while chipping. They explain the different thought processes and techniques in the video below, but what struck my attention is their discussion about bounce. Kevin, a daily follower at The Grateful Golfer, asked about bounce just the other day. How fortuitous that I found the instructional video.
What I liked about the video is that their explanation was simple and easy to follow. They use examples I can relate too and visualize. Interestingly, I was always a ‘hit the ball first’ when chipping until about I started using my DIY chipping mat last spring. I hard surface of my chipping mat showed that it was very difficult to hit the ball perfectly, so a new chipping technique started to evolve.
I actually started to transition towards the ground first approach, but was working out the details of how to accomplish this swing change. The video above has helped speed up my learning curve and I should be fully ready by next spring.
On a side note, I decided to change because I found that adjusting the angle of my wedges was hit and miss while chipping. I wanted something that was repeatable with all my wedges and easy accomplish.
I would consider my chipping style to be in between (like Andy) where I use a bit of wrists, but try to engage the big muscles in my shoulders and back. This technique is something I will continue to perfect in the off-season. I do not have to hit the ball far, so indoor practice is definitely a bonus.
What do you think of their views of using the bounce more with a neutral shaft position?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!