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How To Make The Perfect Chip Shot

Jan 30, 2008
A chip shot can be one of the most difficult in the game of golf and requires a great deal of practice. In reality, though it's not that tough to master.

Chipping is when your ball is so close to the green that we're talking about feet, not yards (or at least not more than a few yards). You can describe a chip as a low trajectory shot that rolls further than it flies. It's important that you choose the right golf club that can carry the ball just onto the green. You must ascertain and use the correct stance and comprehend the proper technique of making a chip shot.

This article will help you to determine which club is best for executing a chip shot, examination of your goals and your expectations, and finally, down and dirty, how to hit the best chip you can and do it consistently.

The Right Club

There is no hard and fast rule for choosing the right club when a chip shot is needed. However, you must assess the multiple considerations. First of all, you must examine the terrain and determine the optimum course that you need the ball to travel. As an example, if you're very close to the hole, then you won't need much loft.

The 7-iron and the 8-iron are the most used clubs for golfers needing to make a chip shot. One of the reasons is that the club faces are less lofted. This gives these clubs more accuracy when used as chipping tools. Personally, if I had to choose between the two, the 7-iron is my favorite for chipping shots. I understand if you have another preference. If not, I recommend that you also work with a 7-iron to meet your objective in improving your chipping shots. Note that it's important to practice with the same club, iif you are going to achieve your objective.

Have Positive Expectations

Before looking step-by-step at how to approach a chip shot , you should understand that you cannot over-accent one thing! That is the importance of having positive goals and affirmative expectations before going into your swing. This is not only critical for chip shots, but for every shot you make on the golf course. Visualizing in your mind what you desire to accomplish is vital to your success.

What is an "all right" result?

Your objective should be to chip your ball onto the green every time. You won't do it everytime, But, having self-assurance and the mental picture of success is important to increasing your chances of hitting the ball properly. It also releases the stress and improves your blood pressure reading. This also can have a very positive effect on th e quality of your swing.

"How" do you Chip The Ball

You don't have to be a rocket schientist. to learn how to chip the ball properly. What it does take is a lot of practice and study of technique to enable you to always get it right. The following steps help break down a chip shot in order to better understand it:

1. Grab your club - preferably a 7-iron. You'll need to stand up close to the target line.

2. Keeping your weight in the center of your stance, then, open up your front foot and the shoulders toward the target. Note that you should literally be facing the hole.

3. Take a solid, yet light, grip on the club.

4. Look at the green. Select the exact spot where you want the ball to land.

5. Important. For just a brief moment, visualize your swing making perfect impact with the ball, and having it land in that exact spot that you picked out.

6. Now, keep your wrists firm. Draw the club back. Keep it low to the ground. Note that your turn should be rotated by the shoulders. Keep your legs and lower body out of the swing and as still as possible.

7. Now, swing your club back along the target line, then downswing through the ball.

8. Once you make contact with the ball, keep your form solid and watch the ball hit the exact spot you aimed for, and rolling ever so slowly toward the hole.

9. Now, practice your chip shot over and over. Do it in various terrain settings on the course.

Mastering this chipping technique will help you improve your game significantly.

End Objective - Cut strokes from your game by reducing your chip shots per round.
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