How to Make Short Chips Easy

Thursday December 6th, 2007
Think "karate chop" when you chip to keep your wrists steady.
Schecter Lee

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

THE PROBLEM
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.

THE SOLUTION
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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