I cannot tell a lie. Sometimes, I purposely engage my wrists to apply extra spin on the ball with the intent of stopping the ball the faster. Of course this foolish attempt to place extra action on the ball usually ends in failure. Most of the time I end up flipping my wrists and my ball ends up short. Then I remind myself that I need to keep my hands quiet to ensure that my club does all the work and reap all the benefits.
I have talked about the hinge and hold technique (actually it was Phil Mickelson) in the past and use this as my go to chip shot. However, it is important that I reiterate that most of my successes while chipping happen when I keep my hands quiet through contact. I do not know why I think it is a good idea to gravitate away from a proven technique, but of course as an amateur, it happens.
Here is a good video explaining quiet hands.
I have to expand the conversation to to include that I actually have many different chipping techniques. The position of the ball in the rough, closeness of the pin to the ball, and how much green I have to work with are but few factors that determine how I play my chip shots. Regardless of what I decide, I do try to keep my hands quiet in order to maximize the effectiveness of my clubs.
I have not touched a club in 10 weeks and I can tell you that I need to keep reminding myself of all these important lessons so that when hit the outdoor practice are in 16 weeks, I will be one step up in my preparation to playing golf. I will continue to relearn all this little lessons during my off season because it is how I cope with my long winters nap.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!