Think "karate chop" when you chip to keep your wrists steady.
Schecter Lee
By Michael Breed
Thursday, December 06, 2007

This story is for you if...

• You're nervous over short chips
• You jab at the ball on short shots
• You catch chip shots thin

Short chips make you nervous, so you think that if you shorten your stroke and jab at the ball you'll be less likely to make a mistake.

Eliminate excess wrist movement. Here's how to do it.

• Take your normal chipping address position without a club and with your left hand hanging loosely at your side.

• Swing your right arm back like you would when hitting a 10-yard chip, and then bring it back to the ball along your target line using a "karate chop." Your right palm should face away from your body as your hand passes through the impact area.

• Perform the drill again, but this time with a wedge in your hands. Again, mimic the karate-chop motion. You'll feel smoother through impact because you're not flipping the clubhead at the ball.

• Take your karate-chop chipping swing to the course and you'll be able to handle any situation, no matter how much pressure.

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