Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 585 - Wed. November 27th, 2019
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Tom's Featured Tip: Chipping Problem Correction
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Chipping Problem Correction

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

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! As you read this I'll be deep in the heart of Texas visiting my boys, best wishes to all!

One of my last lessons this fall was with a long time student that was having trouble making clean contact on his chips. His problem was that he had fallen into what I call the "Trap" of using his arms and hands exclusively for his chipping method with absolutely no body or shoulder turn, and he was also "scooping" the ball, not striking it.

The chipping method I favor uses an appropriate amount of shoulder and body turn, combined with appropriate arm power, and minimal hand action to execute a good chipping stroke.

During his lesson, we went back to basics and hit quite a few wedge "punch" shots with strong strikes, then we ratcheted back the power to hit some beautiful, softer chip strokes. We also concentrated on maintaining appropriate body and shoulder rotation.

He recently sent me an email stating his appreciation for the lesson, and told me that after all these years of golfing, he felt like he was finally utilizing his body turn correctly.

Here are my follow up notes to his lesson. If you are having contact problems with your chipping, follow this lesson outline. The strikes can be done indoors during the winter with a simple chipping station setup - and I can't even begin to tell you how much that will help your game.

Chipping Lesson Comments

Excellent job tonight John, here are my comments.
  • The Inverted Praying Hands Drill Practice this drill frequently, do the reps for three continuous minutes of turning back and through with the wrist angles held intact. Add a little lateral hip bump to initiate your forward swinging motion.

    Inverted Praying Hands Drill maintaining wrist angles
    with weight forward, long arms, a good turn,
    and attacking from the inside on the downswing.

  • Weight on the left side 70% at address, and progressing through the backswing and downswing to 95% left at impact

  • Left shoulder down as you turn the club back

  • Cubface square to your aimline, you tend to set up closed

  • Duplicate backswing/downswing swing path

  • "Feel" like your left hand and arm are delivering the clubhead directly into the back of the ball on a straight line, not a loopy circle. It won't actually be a straight line, but I want you to envision it that way to prevent you from getting "scoopy" through impact.

  • Your right hand holds the face square to the path, don't allow it to roll the face closed through impact.

  • Execute 100 chip shot strikes. At the range, simply hit all the shots back to back with an evaluation break after every 10 swings. Indoors, hit the shots off a carpet remnant or mat into a hanging net, tarp, or blanket hanging close to the mat.
Excellent job, you understood and executed the technique very well, now practice short chip distance control.

Hitting short chip shot swings is actually impact strike training at it's finest. One winter about 15 years ago, I set up a station in my basement - net, stance mat, hitting mat, and made 500 short strikes per week for the whole winter. The next season, my handicap dropped from 6 to 3. To this day, when my ball striking gets raggedy I revert to this ball striking drill and it works wonders every time.

Try this, you'll really like it.


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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