Make Your Chip Shots Easier

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Updated: March 1, 2012
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Putting is the easiest shot in golf and after putting, chipping is the next easiest. But for some reason many golfers’ duff chip shots. They either hit the ball first or chunk the ground before the ball.

The biggest reason this happens is because golfers setup incorrectly and have way too many moving parts in their chipping swings.

So if that’s you, today I have for you a great drill to improve your chip shots is to simplify your chipping motion so you hit better chip shots more often.

So, let’s begin…

When you play a chip shot your lower body should be doing very little. A good chipping swing is much like that of a putting motion. It should be controlled by your arms and shoulders – a rocking motion if you will.

So to help you keep your lower body quiet when chipping I want you to setup to a chip shot as you normally would. After you have setup to your chip shot then I want you to move 70-80% of your weight onto your left foot. Then I want you to raise up your right heel off the ground by about two inches. When you make your chipping swing you must not let your right heel go back to the ground.

You must keep the right heel off the ground for this entire chipping swing drill.

When you hit chip shots with your right heel off the ground you’ll soon discover how much simpler the chipping motion is. And simpler is always better!

So I suggest you hit at least 100 chip shots with your right heel up off the ground for this chipping drill. After doing that you would have started a great habit of hitting your chip shots with a solid, quiet lower half. You may find that you hit better chip shots with your right heel off the ground. If that’s the case simply keep doing this out on the golf course.

You don’t need to raise the heel 2 inches off the ground but just do it just enough to have your right heel off the ground and keep it off the ground all throughout the chipping swing. This is a great chipping drill – as you’ll find out when you do it.

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One Comment

  1. Mike

    March 28, 2012 at 02:51

    Interesting to think about chipping like a putting motion. I tend to use my hips and get a bit of body turn into the shot to generate backspin. I will have to give this method a try.

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