How to Make Chips Check
Use the 'slip' move to help short shots grab the green
By Paul Marchand
Top 100 Teacher
This story is for you if...
• You can chip the ball high but can't make it bite
• You often catch the shot fat when you try to follow the "hit down to make the ball go up" rule
You have a short chip to the hole, but the green runs away from you. You need height and spin to stop this close.
In this situation, Tour players hit a "slip shot," and you can, too. It gives you extra height and a ton of backspin, so the ball sits in a hurry. Whereas most lob shots require you to hit down on the ball to produce height and spin, you only need to "slip" the clubhead under the ball on this one to get the results you want.
Follow the steps at right. This technique only works if you swing aggressively through the hitting zone don't slow down or try to baby the ball into the air. Make some practice swings before you do it for real, and remember to stay aggressive and stop your follow-through at hip height.
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Set up with your weight even over both feet and the ball just forward of center. Set your hands slightly behind the ball (you'll need this position at impact, too).
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Unlike regular chip shots where you mainly swing your arms back and forth, rotate your body away from the target in a mini-full swing. This promotes a shallow delivery and more speed.
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In your transition, drop your hands down and toward your body so that your swing plane flattens out (good practice for your full swing, too).
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Stay on the flatter plane and "slip" the clubface under the ball. It should feel like you're rubbing the bottom of the club against the turf beneath the ball.