Arguably one of the best shot game players in golf history, Phil Mickelson continues to impart his short game wisdom to the masses. I like watching his teachings and although I do not always agree with his views, I respect his expertise. There is one short game tip that I whole hardily agree with and that is how to successfully chip from off the green. His chipping tip is definitely in line with my view on how to dramatically improve our short game and lower our golf scores.
Mickelson’s view that we must accelerate through the ball during contact is spot on. His view is to drop the clock method while chipping, I think that there some value to this technique and players should decide for themselves. The main point of Mickelson’s time is to ensure your club head is accelerating through the ball on contact.
This chipping tip encompasses my view of “back 6 forward 12” when putting. By accentuating the follow through, it forces the clubhead to accelerate on contact. My putting tip is exactly the same as Mickelson’s chipping tip. If we are not generating power through the ball on contact, we are setting ourselves up for failure. By not increases clubhead speed through the ball increase the chances to skull the ball, scoop the ball, hit short (especially this one), or hit fat. These and many other shot challenges can be reduced by listening to Mickelson.
Just for fun, I asked about chipping in from off the green. I wonder how many players consistently accelerate through the ball to produce these results:
Eliminating the fear of hitting shots from off the green is important to improving your overall golf score. Using Phil Mickelson’s tip of accelerating through contact is a great place to start. I use this technique all the time and feel that it will improve your game as well. This tip is easy to adopt, repeatable, and proven to provide the results we are all looking for from out short game. If you are not using it, I recommend that you give it a try.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!