TODAY I want to talk about the correct way to set up for a chip shot because it's an area of the game that is so important but so often overlooked, especially by amateur players.
So many players I see, especially those who struggle with their chipping, tend to play the ball from way outside their back foot and this is the cause of a lot of problems.
Whenever we are playing a shot where the ball is sitting on the ground we want to hit with s slight descending blow.
We don't want it to be too steep, which is what happens when you have the ball so far back in your stance, but we do want it to be on the downswing because that allows for a much bigger margin for error.
The basics of setting up for a chip are as follows: my feet are only a bout a shoe width apart. I don't need much more than that because I'm not making a big swing so there won't be an awful lot of body movement.
I position the ball in the centre of my stance because that will give me the angle of attack that I want and then lastly I slide my hands down the club a little bit.
The closer I get my hands to the shaft the more control I have over the club and that's exactly what we're looking for around the greens.
Now all this means I will be standing quite close to the ball but that really doesn't matter. Whether you're chipping with an 8-iron or a pitching wedge these set up steps are the same.
When I'm chipping I want to aim my feet a little left of my target because that allows some room for my club and arms to swing through without getting cramped.
If I aimed right of the target you can see how the arms and club get all cramped up on the through swing and we don't want that so we aim a little left and that gives us plenty of space to make a smooth movement.
The final thing I want in my set up is for my club shaft and right arm to be in line. If you hold the club out horizontally in front of you you will notice the line I'm talking about and we want to keep that line in the set up.
Again, this gives me good control over what the club is doing through the swing.
If you give these set up basics a try and work on them whenever you go out to practise your short game will improve and your scores will start to come down.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
As one of only four Master Professional Coaches with the PGA of Australia, Peter Knight has a long track record of helping players whatever their age or ability level.
Peter applies the same care in coaching you as he does international teams and professionals.
All he asks is that you are prepared to put in a little practice to reap the rewards you want from your game.
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