[ TomTuckerGolf.com Tips ] Issue 35 - Date 10/17/12


- Tom's Featured Tip: Chipping
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Your "Go To" Swing
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Tom's Featured Tip: Chipping

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from
a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do :-)

In my email today I received my RDGA GHIN Handicap Revision Update, as well
as a chipping tip from a high profile golf instructor.

In the tip, he said that for tight lies play the ball back in your stance to insure that
you don't hit it fat.

Then I saw another article from another professional instructor claiming that this
tip was dead wrong. He took issue with the positioning of the ball and the resultant
forward lean of the shaft, because in that instructors opinion, it would cause the leading
edge of the club to dig into the ground do to the extreme shaft lean.

Both of these guys are famous teachers, one is old school, one is of the
more modern variety. You'd recognize at least one of the names - but I'm not giving
either of them up.

Here's my take on this chipping method cyber-disagreement.

First of all, it's probably wrong to absolutely characterize a tip as "wrong" because
of the many different methods used to swing the club. As I've said many times
before in this newsletter, there are a lot of ways to skin the cat in golf.

Personally, I think that you only should play the ball way back in your stance if you
have a terrible lie.  If, however, you decided to play the ball back in your stance, you
should not blame a fat hit on the leading edge of the club digging into the ground.
That's a faulty stroke issue - most likely a weight distribution problem, or possibly
a premature release of the impact angles in your hands and wrists, which would
make the club long prior to impact.

If your weight is forward and your stroke is good, your strike should be good - period.

Extreme forward or rear ball positioning is unnecessary except for extremely unusual lies.

Here's the simple chipping method that I teach.

First of all, I have the student set up in a narrow, slightly open stance, weight
well forward, and hands forward - as in over the front thigh.

Then I have the student take several short chipping stroke practice swings to
see where the club is brushing the grass.

Then I have the student position the ball just about where the club was first touching
the grass, which is usually just about the center of their open stance.

This ball position allows for "ball first" contact.

Then I have the student rock the club back, up, and slightly inward, then turn
their body to initiate the gentle but firm downward, forward pull and turn through
the shot, with firm hands. 

The hands and wrists stay in the impact position through and beyond the strike.

If the student needs to hit the ball lower they can play it back further in their stance.

If they need to hit it higher, they can move it forward in their stance (lie permitting), open
their stance slightly, and open their clubface slightly.

The swing method remains the same, and their setup remains the same, especially
their weight being well forward.

This is simple and it works, give it a try - you'll like it.

Enjoy your golf,


Tom's Bonus Tip - Your "Go To" Swing

Everyone needs a "Go To" swing that they can repeat with each club in their bag. This is
fundamental to good scoring because this swing produces a shot for each club that:

1) carries a consistent distance

2) flies with a consistent trajectory

3) and has a consistent curvature

If 1, 2, and 3, are not all present
in your own "Go To" swing, guess what - you don't
have one.

Keep practicing, a "Go To" swing is perhaps the most important component of
your game for low scoring, so don't quit, keep working on it!

Enjoy your golf,


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