Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 701 - March 2, 2022
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"It is not the will to win that matters, everyone has that.
It is the will to prepare to win that matters." - Paul "Bear" Bryant

Tom's Featured Tip: Productive Chipping Practice

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Productive Chipping Practice

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

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Productive Chipping Practice

If you are dead serious about improving your chipping, use this two part practice method that I give my students and I'll guarantee that you'll get better.

Part 1 - Technique Practice

When working on technique, use a combination of block practice and random practice.

When I'm giving the lesson I teach a beginner golfer a very basic chipping technique, a checking chip.

With initiated players, I teach them four chip shots:
  1. A medium trajectory checking chip
  2. A medium trajectory running chip
  3. A high, soft landing, checking chip
  4. A bounce chip
We take 45 minutes and chip for 10 straight minutes of each of the four techniques.

During each ten minute time frame, I may have the student make minor adjustments to ball position and weight distribution to show them what effect it has on the shot. But they hit the same basic technique shot for each ten minute time frame.

This can be done around a putting green, but the mechanics of each stroke can also be practiced effectively indoors or outdoors hitting balls into a net or even onto a range under the watchful eye of an instructor. It works well either way.

Part 2 Simulated Playing Practice

This is done around a putting green - if they allow chipping practice, or at a chipping practice green.

The LEAST EFFECTIVE way to practice around a green is to drop a bunch of balls and start chipping them at one hole. I see this all the time. It's not a total waste of time - you do get some technique work, but it's not optimal for simulating what happens when you play.

The MOST EFFECTIVE way to practice around a green is to take one ball, and pull one wedge and your putter from your bag and take them to the practice area. Toss (don't place it - toss it) the ball somewhere in the rough just off the green, take you chip shot, then try to one putt.

That's what you do when you play, so practice that way.

Keep repeating the process from different locations and different texture rough areas.

Make sure that you give yourself different lies and try different technique shots.

Do this for 45 minutes to an hour, and keep track of your up and down (one putt) percentage during the session.

Make a game of it. Set a goal of what you want to score for 9 holes of up and down to put yourself under PRESSURE. We all need to spend more time practicing under pressure to simulate actual playing conditions, and this is a great way to do that.

I found this stat on the iternet regarding greenside chipping up and dowm percentages:

Skill level
  1. Best professionals - 85%
  2. Scratch (0) - 77%
  3. 10 handicap - 46%
  4. 20 handicap - 17%
Shoot for 55% or better and you'll likley be ahead of the pack in your group. I had a couple of my college players approach the 75% mark after practicing indoors as I described above.

They were pretty talented. But regardless of whether you have a high degree of talent or not, if you use the practice method I described above, I'm 100% certain that you will become a much better than average chipper.

Try it you'll like it.


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
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Cell: (716) 474-3005

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