If we followed the advice of many teaching professionals, chipping would be very easy. Just hit your landing point and all would be great. Your ball would release to the distance you planned (or go in the hole) and all would be right in your golfing world. Sounds pretty easy, right! Unfortunately, it is never as easy as we think because of the plethora of variables that goes into every chip. The challenge golfers face is taking all the stressors of each chip and manifest a shot that lands on exact spot we selected during our pre-shot routine. Experience shows that this feat is a challenge in the best conditions; so what can we do to improve our chances of success?
In my experience, choosing the proper landing point is critical to setting up a tap in putt. We are getting ahead of ourselves because there is some pre-shot knowledge that needs to be developed in order to hit our landing point. Over the years, I have practiced chipping with all my wedges and 7 iron to hit my ball a specific distance in the air. The three distances I found critical for my game are 5, 10 and 15 yards. These distances with the variety of clubs provides a 95% solution to chipping to a specific landing point. It takes time and effort to develop this hitting skill (knowledge), but the pay off is well worth the time.
Now that we have developed the skill to hit the ball a specific distance in the air, choosing a landing spot becomes infinitely easier. In my case, I read the shot like I am going to putt in order to determine the break. It is important to know this information prior to selecting the landing point. Once we have an idea on how the ball is going to react once it starts to roll out, it is possible to select the landing spot.
Chipping is personal thing. Some players like to use the same club for every chip, whereas I like to use all my scoring clubs because it offers the most options for every shot. Now that we have the basics for chipping to a landing point, how do use this knowledge in a drill that provides immediate and focused feedback on a chip. Fortunately, Robin Symes has come to our rescue.
Hitting our landing point while chipping is critical to low golf scores. The closer the ball to the pin, the great chance of improving our up and down statistic. I learned a long time ago that this basic skill is very important to lowering my score. I will also mention that this is a drill that needs to practice regularly because I found that my touch evaporates quickly. I am confident that there are many drills out there that will help us develop the skill to hit our landing point, but the above video is by far the simplest and easiest to replicate.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!