A golfing debacle

Chipping for most golfers is the worst part of their game. Bunker play may sneak in front, but day in and day out a golfer’s chipping game is what lets him down the most. By the way, this is my opinion as many won’t confess to having any sort of chipping problem – they all think their full swing is the biggest issue.

This is a shame really, because improving your chipping isn’t overly difficult. It requires far less physical skill than the full swing and it’s a lot more exciting than putting. And with great inventions like the Almost Golf Ball, there’s absolutely no excuse why we all can’t practice these shots a bit more.

In my latest article I’ve written more about this debacle and offer some insight on how all golfers can improve their chipping. Be sure to check out the last page as you get a sneak peek of my latest training aid.

Golf’s worst skill and how you can avoid letting it destroy your golf game.

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Gregor McCulloch - November 13, 2012

I totally agree. Chipping is definitely my worst part. I have been working on it with a 3 handicapper who is a great chipper. This after he was shocked by how badly I was scoring compared to my overall ball striking.
He has given me some simple advice which basically involves gripping almost on the metal of the shaft which forces a short backswing and the need to accelerate through. This is probably too technical sounding but actually it’s just a case of set up adjustment which then makes me more confident over shots because you have no choice but to accelerate. Confidence brings confidence and then less thinking and worrying. Will keep working on it because the scores have been coming down quite nicely.

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    Cameron - November 13, 2012

    Gregor: This is not technical at all – it’s great advice but I reckon gripping down works because it’s a shorter lever (it still could be because you accelerate through). The great Seve used to hit lots of shots with his bottom hand fully on the shaft. It’s a really good way to get close to the ball and find some extra control. It’s also good that you’ve found a better player – he will give you all sorts of ideas and shots to try. Good stuff Gregor.

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Grayden Provis - November 15, 2012

My chipping was the worst for the longest time. I was never quite decided on HOW I wanted to chip. There’s so many different ways you can do it and I was forever fiddling but never deciding. Then in total desperation I just decided to go “reckless” – chip with no thought whatsoever about “how” – and a chipping style FOUND ME. I still don’t quite know how I would describe my chipping style or even exactly what I’m doing but its purely reflexive now and just feels “right” for me. I no longer care if its the “right” way to do it.

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    Cameron - November 15, 2012

    Good stuff Grayden. This kinda thing happens when you stop looking and trying so hard. Who cares if it’s a bit funky and different? If it feels good then I reckon go for it. Reckless is a good word – it’s a terrific mindset for all those that have the accountant/engineering/analytical brain.

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Troy Vayanos - November 16, 2012

I think a lot of golfers are lazy and just enjoy practising the long game more instead. The short game for a lot of golfers is not as exciting as smashing their driver at the range. I believe there is a lot of ego involved … I know because I used to do it!

The short game is where the majority of golfers can improve and make up shots in their overall score.

I practice it every time I head to the range.

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Cam280 - November 18, 2012

I reckon the best way to set up to any chip shot is to set up like your going to sink a 1 inch putt.

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