Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 306 - July 16th, 2014
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Chip Grip
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Slide, Turn, or Both?
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Chip Grip

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!

The singlemost common "death move" I see in most of my beginner students in their stock chipping technique is flipping their hands through impact. Beginners - as well as some grizzled veteran golfers - often want to try to help the ball in the air by flipping the club at impact to add loft to the shot.

Most of the time, this produces either a shot that flies too high and comes up short, or a fat hit because the club got too long, too soon in the downswing, causing a ground first - ball second strike.

When I say that the club got "too long, too soon" in the downswing, I mean that all forward shaft lean was lost at impact because the flipping motion causes the shaft to lose that angle and get vertical prior to impact.

"Serial flippers" really have a hard time with chipping, but there are a few things that can be done to minimize this swing flaw.
  • The first thing I recommend is to learn to maintain the correct angle in your hands and wrists by practicing the heck out of the Inverted Praying Hands Drill

  • If you still absolutely can't transport the forward leaning shaft angle through impact, or if you don't want to spend the time practicing the drill above, you can always play the ball way back in your stance, so that at least you'll strike it before your shaft gets too upright.

  • Change Your Grip.

    • Instead of gripping the club with your normal grip, try a reverse overlap putting grip. Instead of your right handís pinky finger overlapping the index finger of the left hand, the reverse occurs. The left handís index finger overlaps the right handís pinky finger. This produces an entirely different feel than your normal grip, and it tends to quiet the wrist flip considerably.

    • You can also try a left hand low grip like some players use for putting, although this grip takes quite a bit of getting used to for a chipping stroke.

I never encourage compensation in lieu of good technique, but for those of you that just can not execute a good chipping stroke because your brain wants you to try to hit the ball upward (flippers), try one of these options and it will get better.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf, own your swing,


Tom's Bonus Tip: Slide, Turn, or Both?

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!

I read a lot about golf, I watch a lot of instructional videos, and I watch the golf channel.

I like and respect Michael Breed (maybe because we both speak at a fast clip) and Martin Hall, but I reserve the right to disagree with them on occasion.

One of the areas that I disagree with Michael Breed on is in the initiation of the downswing. He says to turn the hips, not to slide them, to start the downswing.

Here's the perplexing thing: I heard him say this, then watched him demonstrate a swing. In the demonstration, he started his downswing sequence with a lateral weight shift (slide), followed by rotation of the hips.

He slid, then rotated his hips. This I agree with - not with rotation to start the downswing.

So - slide (or bump if that word fits your brain better) the hips (but not the upper torso) laterally forward to initiate your downswing, then rotate naturally, and you will enjoy a smooth, powerful swing.

Love your practice, enjoy your golf, own your swing,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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