No this is not a healthy eating blog post…

Many golfers suffer with strike issues when playing chip shots into the green. More often than not these strike issues become more frequent the closer you get to the green and can happen with various different clubs. You do all the hard work getting near the green and then it takes you 3, 4 even 5 shots to get the ball in the hole. Try these simple tips next time you play:

Chips are all about your weak side. For a right handed golfer this would be your left side and for a left handed golfer this would be your right side. I’m going to explain this as if it’s for a right handed golfer. If you are a lefty just do the opposite!

  1. Set your weight onto your left side and forward press your hands so they start ahead of the ball.
  2. Loosen your right hand so that your left hand does more work.
  3. Concentrate on keeping your left hand ahead of the ball at impact and extend your arms forward without breaking your wrists.

The combination of these simple steps will allow you to create the correct strike conditions to catch the ball first and sweep the ground afterwards. It will utilise the bounce angle on any club to prevent it from digging into the ground too much and in turn you will create much more control over the shot. Your ball position may vary depending on how much lean you have and how far forward your hands start. I would suggest starting with the ball position in the centre of your stance and adjust if necessary.

Mark Nelson – PGA Professional

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