Golf Chip Shot Technique

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One of the most important things to remember when you are chipping is to make sure that your backswing is shorter than your follow-through. This is because you want to make sure you are accelerating through your strike, leading to a more stable clubhead and giving you a motion that is more easier to replicate.

By accelerating your swing through the impact you are going to increase your accuracy, even with a ball that is mishit. Even if you miss by about an inch (even the best golfers aren’t going to hit the sweet spot on every single shot they take) your ball should still travel nearly 90 percent as far as one that you hit in the center of your chipping club. Now, if you are decelerating your swing, and still miss by that same inch, your ball is only going to travel about 70 percent as far as it did were you to hit the sweet spot. That might not seem like that big of a difference, but consider if you are chipping from 80 feet away. At 90 percent you are knocking the ball within eight feet of the hole (or your target), while at 70 percent you are still looking at a 24 foot putt. Within eight feet you leave yourself with a manageable shot, where a 24 footer is almost certainly going to require some luck.

The biggest mistake golfers make with this technique is thinking that they need to accelerate their swing by coming down hard on the ball. To better control your distance simply practice taking the club back farther on your backswing. Then make sure you take your fallow-through just that much further through so the point where you slow your swing down comes after the ball is in the air.

Be sure to check out our other golf chipping tips. We can help both experienced players and beginners learn how to chip in golf.

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