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Golf Techniques: Chipping

by Tyson Simmons
    Chipping requires merging several strategies to execute properly.

    Chipping requires merging several strategies to execute properly.

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    While chipping might often get pushed aside for other parts of your golf game such as driving and putting, it's extremely important in improving your overall game and lowering your handicap. Chipping, like any part of golf, requires dedication and practice to perfect, as well as a good strategy to execute it well.

    Items you will need

    • Golf clubs

    Step 1

    Choose a club that's appropriate for the shot. Fly the ball as short a distance as possible and roll the ball the rest of the way. The more loft on the club, the more it will fly and the shorter it will roll. Consider a 6- or 8-iron rather than always relying on the pitching or sand wedge.

    Step 2

    Position the ball between your feet and place most of your weight on your front foot. Set up to connect with the ball with your hands slightly in front.

    Step 3

    Keep your left wrist as solid as possible and your eye on the ball as you swing through it. Swing with the force necessary to land the ball in front of the hole and roll it in.

    Step 4

    Finish with a natural swing, letting the club do the work. Perfect a natural stroke, and don't worry about the grace of the swing.

    Tips

    • If you are struggling with your chipping game, get to the chipping green at a driving range or golf course when you have free time.

    Warnings

    • Never overwork yourself when practicing golf shots. Doing so can cause joint and tendon damage.

    About the Author

    Tyson Simmons started writing professionally in 2005 and has worked for multiple media firms and publications, including "EQ Automotive" and various websites. He mainly covers the automotive and technical fields. Simmons has an English writing certification from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and is also A+ computer repair certified. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in English writing at Utah State University.

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