A couple of weeks ago, I offered my view on keeping my wrist locked on short chips. After reading my description, I thought it would be best to make an infographic (after questions from my Buddy Kirk who is a fantastic short game player in his own right) to help clearly expand how to adopt the proper stance.Continue reading
What an amazing finish to four days of stellar golf. The leaderboard was a virtual whose who throughout the weekend and it was anyone’s game until the very end. I notice a few things that were different than in previous Majors that I thought were noteworthy; some might be a ‘ah-ha’ moment for you because they were for me.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Depending on who you talk too, there are many ways to chip a golf ball. My darling wife asked me that very question a few days ago and I told her to do what feels natural. Now, I am a strong believer that players like Phil Mickelson have more to to offer on this subject than most can absorb; yet I continue to follow his teachings. But for players like my wife who have to work through what is best for them, Phil’s teachings are too detailed for her growing skill-set. So, this goes back to the question, What is the right way to chip a golf ball?Continue reading
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!