Chip Like a Champ

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<strong>Final Round of the Players Championship</strong><br /><br /> Third-round leader Paul Goydos followed up back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 2 and 3 with a birdie on the fourth hole.

The trick to good chipping is to keep the motion clean and simple. Don't incorporate any extra moves that could jeopardize distance control or send the ball off-line. It's critical that the hands lead the club to the ball to hit it with a sharp, descending blow. What you would want to see as you swing down to the ball is your hands ahead of the clubhead, all the way to impact.

Drill: Drag your hands ahead

This teaches you to lead with the hands and helps you avoid scooping. Best yet, it doesn't require a ball.

  • Stand as if you were about to hit a chip, but set the club on the ground well behind your right foot.
  • Rotate your body and drag the club along the ground through the hitting zone, keeping your hands forward.
  • Repeat this drill until you feel comfortable maintaining the angle between your hands, wrists amd forearms.
  • Three keys to crisper chips
    Try one of these next time you face a tricky chip:

    1. Think about gently tossing a ball (under-hand) to the hole for good rhythm.

    2. Make a sweeping motion back and through, with one movement flowing seamlessly into the next.

    3. Try to rip the ball off the turf so that it leaves the clubface very quickly.

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