Get The Ball Rolling…..Or Not!

Chipping, like putting, is a very personal skill that most golfers have developed to one degree or another. Over the past few years, I adopted the practice of getting the ball rolling as quickly as possible around the green. I believe that this technique saves me strokes, but I realize that not all players feel the same way; it is a matter of choice.

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Chipping Tip: Keeping My Head Still

One of the important chipping tips I discovered is to keep my head still. Not down, but still. There is huge difference between the two and I will expand on that later. Making solid contact in the middle of my club face is always my goal. And over the years I have tinkered many different stances, grips, head positions, and ball positions. Yet, my successes continue to be hinged on one important swing trait: keeping my head still.

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Chipping Success With My 7 Iron

This year I adopted the use of my 7-iron whenever possible. I have found that I this particular club (my friend Rick uses an 8-iron with the same success) has allowed for a greater up and down percentage and lower golf scores. My ability to scramble has really increased my confidence when missing the green on approach shots; to such an extent that it is expanding into other areas of my game. And this is a good thing all around!

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Chipping from 50 Yards

This post is a follow on from my ‘How To Play An Approach Shot From 50 Yards‘ back in May. I floated the idea of using a pitching wedge to basically drive to the ball softly to the green. It is working so well that I have expanded this type of approach shot out to 150 yards. It is not a difficult shot, but allows me to stay in control during adverse weather conditions. It is really working for me and it might for you as well.

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Consistently Chipping The Ball Close

When I miss the green from time to time šŸ˜‰ I have to rely on my chipping to keep my scores low. Unlike many players, I do not rely on just one club from 20 yards and closer. I have learned over the years that I need to used five different clubs, dependent on the situation, to successfully hit my ball within three feet. Believe me, over the years I have have dueled with the frustration monster, but it was worth every battle!

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