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.
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.