Lock Wrists on Short Chips

For the past month I have used my DIY chipping mat in my basement. I thought I would get a jump start on my short game practice time this year and I find it very beneficial. I try to hit 100 balls a day, but sometimes that is a challenge. My repetitive practice has allowed me to identify some of chipping woes I developed last year and engineer a solution. Overall, I would say that my practice time is well worth the investment of time.

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High Soft Golf Shots by Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson has started to share his wisdom in shot videos. I for one appreciate his efforts to educate the masses. His recent clip on how to hit a hit soft shot, not a flop shot, is perfectly timed because I am working on chipping in my basement off my DIY chipping mat.

What I like about this video is that he focuses on the weight distribution. I have mentioned this many times in previous articles that having most of our weight on the lead foot is critical to great chipping. Phil definitely empathizes this point.

He also mentions the importance of letting the club do all the work. So many times I have watched players mess around with the lie of the club only to skull their ball across the green. Our equipment is designed to help our golf swing if would only let it.

Finally, watch his follow through. It finishes very high. Like working in the bunker, a high finish is key to a success chip from any distance. We often think we need to abbreviate our follow through because of a shorter distance, well Phil just proved that is just not so.

I hope this tip helps your game, I know it will help mine.

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

Old School Chipping Tips Still Work

With the continuous evolution of golf equipment many players are probably wondering if the old school tips still work. Has the golf swing changed or are the new innovations just building on what worked all along. In the case of chipping, the touted wrist lock is still relevant and I recommend you if you do not use it if you are not already doing so.

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Grip Pressure When Chipping

How tightly do you grip your club when chipping from 5 yards, 10 yards, or 25 yards off the green? Does it change or do you maintain a consistent pressure? Over the years, I have asked these and many other questions with no real consensus. It appears to be a personal thing that each player needs to develop for themselves.

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Preparing to Play Golf Without a Driving Range

The course I play on a regular basis does not have a driving range. There is a reasonable chipping and putting green and a driving net. Of course this is not the best scenario for preparing to play golf, but I have developed my own routine make the best of the situation. I use my system when preparing for tournaments and most rounds. Continue reading