This week’s blog is A different way to chip! This might be the answer!
Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC. I have taught this method over the years to students who struggle with the conventional method. Using a less lofted club like a 6 or 7 iron, getting into a chipping stance with the ball behind the toes of the back foot is the way I do it.
CHipping always takes a little bit of practice to develop feel. But once you get that, the rest is easy! A different way to chip! This might be the answer!
Listen up as A.J. Avoli, one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers explains a different way to chip with this innovative method. He likes to get the shaft a little bit more upright and hits the ball off the toe of the club. Maybe this gets the ball to roll a little bit better. It would certainly prevent the club from sticking in the ground! He is director of instruction at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
Over time, a simple method for getting the ball from off the green to the flagstick fell out of favor.
I rarely see anyone chip like the late Hall of Fame golfer Paul Runyan. That’s a shame, because this technique will make you more accurate around the greens, with a lot less practice. Once you master the setup and learn to make a rhythmic stroke—like putting—you’ll start getting up and down more often. Let me show you how to chip old school.
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Learn to make chipping a lot easier with this technique.
Source: Golf Digest Ron Kasprisky A.J. Avoli
Picture: Beth Rankin
To be a good chipper you have to learn to control the bottom of the arc in order to make good crisp contact. Reaching the bottom of the arc too soon results in hitting behind the ball and reaching the bottom too late results in a skulled or “bladed” shot. Neither is desirable. Keegan Bradley is a staunch believer that if you can learn to control the bottom of the arc in your chipping, it will carry over to your full swing and further enhance your golf game. Thanks to Keegan Bradley and Max Adler of Golf Digest for this interesting article!
I’ve always played my best golf in the summer. I won the 2011 PGA Championship in August, and my other two tour wins were in August and late May. Could be from growing up in Vermont. After shaking off the rust in spring and getting my body used to playing again, I always felt the pressure of about a 10-week window to shoot some low rounds and prove to myself I was getting better. Now that I play the tour and live in Jupiter, Fla., my life is perpetual summer. Still, there’s a part of me that expects to hit that mid-season form my buddies and I used to talk about.
When it’s deep into the season and you’re not playing well, it’s frustrating. This is when it’s time to revisit some basics. To me, the basics are driving and chipping. If you can do those two things well, you’ll be hard to beat. It’s rare to mess up a short iron from a fairway that badly. And if you can chip the ball to a foot, your putter doesn’t matter.