TODAY I want to show you a drill to help with your chipping, one of the most important areas of the game.
I have a lot of students tell me that to chip the ball well the club needs to be accelerating at contact and while that's true, the concept of acceleration is often misunderstood.
If you take a club and hold it vertically then pull it back like a pendulum and let it go you'll see that it accelerates as it swings down through the low point of its arc.
It doesn't require you to try to push it or do anything to it, it accelerates naturally and that's the sort of acceleration we want in our chipping.
A really good way to work on this concept and get a feel for what I'm describing is to try the following two one handed drills.
First, take the club in your left hand and let it replicate the pendulum move we just made. Take it back and just allow the weight of the club to swing down and through the ball with your body following along behind.
You'll notice in the video that my hand and arm maintain all their same angles in this drill and I don't try to make the club accelerate, I just let it happen naturally.
I suggest you hit a couple of balls this way and get a feel for just how good the contact is and keep in mind, if you find this drill difficult to do then chances are you really need it!
After you've done the left hand I want to repeat the drill with the right and this is where it will get interesting.
Because you are using your dominant hand (left hand for lefties, obviously), you'll automatically feel like you have more control over the club and can naturally help the acceleration process along.
But this is exactly what we DON'T want. Just like with the left hand, we want to maintain al the angles we have at the start of the drill through to the end.
If you find these two drills easy, chances are you're probably already a pretty good chipper.
But if you fin either or both difficult, I recommend you incorporate them into your pratcice and you'll see some good results immediately.
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.
You can book lessons with Peter at Yarra Bend Golf Course either on the website www.yarrabendgolf.com or by calling (03) 9481 3729.