Flicking Your Wrists During A Chip

I found this video that talks about flicking our wrists during a chip. It is a fundamental error I see in many of my playing partners. This topic is nothing, however this video explains why it is important to have a calm consistent tempo when chipping the ball. I like the discussion and solutions provided to reducing flicking or our wrists because it addresses a fundamental aspect of our short game that should not be overlooked.

“Do you struggle with shots around the green? Contact or distance control is all over the place, where some chips you’ll skull or others come up woefully short? Let’s make sure that you are not inflicted with the flick! In this Tip of the Week, we define the flick, so we can ditch it with a couple great drills and chipping key points.” (From the caption to the video below)

There is one other point I want to discuss from the video that is subtle by clearly important to making solid contact while maintaining great balance during the chip. Christina Ricci shifts her weight to her lead side before making any movement with the club. This subtle movement is something I have mention for a long time and it is something all golfers need to adopt. That weight shift also prevents the flick because your body position will help reduce the flicking of the wrists through contact.

If you have a case of the flicks, I hope this video helps correct your chipping in order for you to lower your golf scores.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!


4 thoughts on “Flicking Your Wrists During A Chip

  1. I lean like she does, I even add a tiny bit of forward press when chipping because I feel like I have better control with that wrist set, but here’s what I don’t do. I don’t ever chip with the face closed. In that position a closed face will dig in. An open face is required to get the bounce involved and save the chunk.

    Also, because I lean, I take loft off and because I take that little bit of forward press at address, I again take loft off. Opening the face adds the loft back as well as presenting the bounce. And having the forward press allows me to choose between just letting it fall, or adding a little something through impact to gain more height/spin. It’s a lever I can use when I feel I have to.

    I spent half of my hours short game practice yesterday pitching to the green with sand and lob wedges mostly without using the lever but I did with some for sure. If you ask me, whether you have good technique or not, practice will help. I hit a couple tee shots today that proved what an amateur I am. 😂 But I hit just as many chips and pitches and lobs that made me look like Mickelson has been coaching me for years. And won a couple skins today with birdies after hitting those couple of pretty bad tee shots.

    I pushed a driver hard enough to make me worry about the condo’s that line the course two fairways over and which left me with a pitch from another holes tee box of about 30 yards slightly down hill to a short sided pin location. And I snap hooked a 5 hybrid off the tee and left myself right behind a shrub that was tall enough to block my view of the pin from 15 yards away with a down slope landing area to complicate matters. Both of those shots I got inside 6 feet. All my chips today but one got within 6 feet. That one was an outlier. From 40 yards out I used the pitching wedge and took too much loft off so that it came out low and hot and ran right past the hole. Still, I missed that 20 footer for birdie by a hair. I saw it run past the hole and knew what the putt would do. Those are mistakes you at least have a chance to recover from. And practice is the only thing that helps keep the mistakes as small as possible. The weather is turning nicer out. The range out back is more inviting now that you don’t have to wipe the sweat from your eyes before 5 minutes have passed. The guys better watch out. In the coming days and months. I’ll be making full use of that range out back and that means trouble for them.

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