Short Game - How to Play a Chip Shot
The Chip Shot
This is a low and running shot played like this;
- Hands just forward of the ball, between the centre of the chest and left armpit.
- Weight favours the left side with centre of the chest forward of the ball (55%-45% approx).
- Do - feel relaxed, comfortable and balanced.
- Heels 6-8 inches apart.
- Shoulder square or slightly left (open).
- Feet and hips aimed slightly left (open).
- Grip down the club slightly for control.
- Don’t - grip tightly or push your hands too far forward.
- Ball position - centre.
- The hands and wrists are relatively passive but must remain relaxed throughout.
- There is a slight wrist set.
- Length of swing usually between an 8 and 9 o’clock position.
- Path of swing inside and up.
- Pace smooth and rhythmical.
- Mainly an upper body dominated action - allow the triangle formed by the arms and shoulders at address to stay relatively constant throughout.
- Weight remains on the left-side.
Do - allow the hands and wrists to relax a small wrist set is required anyway
Don’t - snatch the club away - smooth and rhythmical is best
- Head is still, eyes looking at the back of the ball.
- Do - allow your upper body to turn back through impact working in harmony with your hands and arms
- The lower body is relatively passive - slight weight shift.
- The triangle returns to impact with the upper body continuing to rotate leftward.
Do not allow the hands or wrists to work independently.
Don’t - panic and try to get the hands to impact too soon or independently
- Upper body has turned towards the target.
- Do - feel that the triangle of the arms and shoulders remains in front of the chest and that the club head feels low and wide.
- Don’t - have too long a follow-through or weight transfer
- The shaft is now at the 4 / 3 o’clock position.
- The arms and club shaft are “centred” to the body - the triangle maintained.
- Weight is balance on the left-side.
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