A chip shot is a shot played around the greens. You can be creative by using your imagination and visualize how you see the chip rolling towards the hole.
Typically chip shots are hit with the lower clubs in your bag: wedges (PW, SW, Lob Wedge, A Wedge) 9 iron, 8ron and 7iron.
The higher the loft the higher the chip. The lower the loft the lower the trajectory of the chip. This is where your imagination comes in!!! Sidenote: Low chip shots are commonly referred to as “bump-and-runs”.
1. PICK YOUR LANDING SPOT & ALIGN YOUR CLUB FACE
Walk up to the green to pick your landing spot. That way you can feel far you need to chip it, and how the ball will land and roll towards the hole. Come back to the ball, take a few practice chip swings and feel the distance to your landing spot. As you can see in the above picture, I focus on my landing spot with my eyes. Set your club face in line with your landing spot, it helps you with alignment and precision. Sidenote: Your stance and shoulders should be sightly open to your landing spot, just make sure your club face is right at your landing spot!
Now you are in the “set-up position”. As you can see, my hands, wrists and weight of my feet are on my left side. You can see that the club is also forward with these adjustments I’ve made with my body. This allows you to comfortably hit down and trap the ball to run towards your target.
3. MAINTAIN BALANCE & ROCK YOUR SHOULDERS
From this position, you simply rock your shoulders back and forth in a timely, smooth and accelerated movement while keeping your body in place. Make sure to keep your wrists strong and hold your finish until the ball lands. Sidenote: Pick a song, and use its’ rhythm to keep good tempo with your shot.
Leave me a comment and let me know how you’re chipping is going! XO, Seema