As I research possible golf shots I would like to incorporate into my game, I sometimes come across a shot I kind of have, but need to improve. This is the case with a chipping tip from Rory McIlroy. The ‘one hop stop’ short chip shot is something I work on through the course of my golf season. I find this shot very useful and often wonder why my percentage of success is much lower than I want or expect. Well, I found out why thanks to a short video by Rory.
Before I delve into my woes, here is Rory’s chipping tip:
As I watched the video I realized three things actually. First, is that Rory lined up square to the target line. I generally line up a bit to the right. For me, I had to do this because everything was being pulled left. At first I thought it was my ball position, but actually it was because of my club head angle at the ball was in a closed position due to my set up.
This leads to the second point I was not really committed to and that is to open the club face slightly. I normally do not do this with any shot but my sand shot. I now realize that this is very important to have the club face square to the target line on contact. How much I need to open the club face is something I will work on when I can practice out doors.
Lastly, Rory demonstrated that a neutral weight distribution on this shot is an important element to the ‘one hop stop’ chip. I had far too much weight on my front leg for this delicate shot. Hence, I was not sliding the club head under the ball, but producing a sharper contact. This is not what is needed for this soft shot.
I can say that I have the basic fundamentals for this short chip shot. After watching Rory’s demonstration, I realize that I need to tighten up my technique just a bit to improve my success rate. Making small improvements to my short game is a big deal because I rely on it to keep many good rounds going. I might only used this particular shot once every round or two, but having it my bag should lower my overall golf scores.
I learned something new today, so my day is not wasted! 😉
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!