During an 18-hole round of golf, it may be necessary to take a chip shot; a low running shot played from close to the green, a few yards from the putting surface. Whenever you see a great player chipping, you may be tempted to think that it is very easy to do. In truth, it can be quite difficult to make the perfect chip shot. Depending on your golfing abilities, technique and choosing the right club, you may just be able to make the perfect chip shot to help you lower your score.
When making a chip shot, the important thing is to ensure that you make solid contact with the ball. Since the club is usually moving slow, you may not have the momentum to get it all the way there. Another issue arises when the ball is caught thin because it tends to skip instead. Since contact is the important thing, here is how you can actually get the perfect chip:
How to get the perfect chip:
Low Point For Solid Impact
To make the perfect chip shot, you need to make sure that you are making solid impact. To do this, you need to begin by ensuring that you get the downswing low point just right. This needs to be slightly ahead of the ball or at the ball. That way, you make contact with the ball first and then you simply touch the turf lightly. One of the mistakes you can make is to tilt away from the ball in a bid to help it go up. This will cause your hips to move towards it thus dropping your body’s right side so that it is lower than the left. When that happens, the low point is shifted to behind the golf ball, leading to skulls and chunks.
Keep Your Shoulders Level
You want to use a wedge that is between 52 and 56 degrees. Keep the ball in the center and shift your weight forward by positioning the left shoulder over the left foot. Move the trunk forward and not your hips. Take hold of the club with the right hand first and make sure that it remains straight with the shoulder high. This allows you to measure with the right arm the distance that will carry you to the ball. Now add the left arm, which should make you feel like you have level shoulders. Your body should be slightly to the left and ready to take that swing for the perfect chip shot.
Take the Swing
With the right setup; the right arm straight and long and the right shoulder high, you have already set the distance to the golf ball. Take the backswing by folding your right arm and hinging the left wrist. The club head will be moved upward and you will hit down a bit on impact. The right shoulder should not move up during the backswing. As you come down, allow your right arm to unfold and keep the right elbow tucked into your side. Your right shoulder should not dip below where it started. Your right wrist should have a little bend and that will give you the right strike.