Monday, 6 January 2014

4 Most Common Chip Shot Mistakes (And How To Fix Them)

By Darren

Poor results on the golf course don't just happen on their own. When you skull a chip shot that goes running across the green, or stub a shot, it usually happens for one of the following reasons, and knowing them will help you avoid them:

Standing Too Far Away From the Ball

If you get your body too far away from the ball you have to stick your arms out toward the ball. Any time you feel you are extending your arms “out” toward the ball, you're in trouble. This is going to create tension and you don't want that.

Tension will block you from feeling the weight of the clubhead, and having a good sense of the clubhead is vital to having good touch on your chip shots.

Using A Club With Too Much Loft

A chip shot is a running shot. Everything you do in your setup is designed to push the ball forward at a low trajectory. If you consistently come up short of your target, try using less-lofted clubs.

Opening Your Shoulders In Relation To The Target Line

If you remember proper form on most chip shots you should be opening up your feet and hips, but most importantly – keep your shoulders square. If you open your shoulders too, you'll probably yank the chip to the left of your target.

Playing The Ball Too Forward In Your Stance

This final tip is a killer, and also the most common mistake golfers make on the course. Getting the ball too far forward in your stance almost guarantees that you're going to catch the ball when the club is swinging up rather than down.

And when you hit the ball when the club is swinging up, chances are you're going to catch the middle portion of the ball with the lead edge of the clubface. So if you're consistently blading your chip shots across the green, check your ball position. It's the most likely culprit.