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A different way to chip.

A different way to chip! This might be the answer!

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

Aiming is critical in a good chip shot!

In order to hit a consistently good chip shot on the golf course, you have to do two things. Select the correct club and aim the clubface correctly.  Easier said than done! Here, Piers Ward and Andy Proudman of Meandmygolf help you understand both things. Now all you have to do is go to the chipping green and work on this!
Golf tip – Chipping it close. In this week’s Go Low PGA Professionals Piers Ward and Andy Proudman talk about set up and grip to help you improve your accuracy when chipping.
Source: Meandmygolf

When chipping with a 6 iron is a better option!

As Chris Ryan of  ChrisRyanGolf quite correctly states, most amateur golfers will immediately pull their sand wedge almost every time they have a chip shot around the green.  Your percentages of getting it close to the hole are fairly slim unless you are Phil Mickelson!  Using less loft, as with a 6 iron, and letting the ball run will get you closer to the hole more times than not!  If you want a specific formula for these types of shots, go here!
The chip and run can often look like a simple shot, but there are some things that many handicap golfers should aim to focus on. This video explains some of those things as Chris Ryan talks through the shot.
Source : ChrisRyanGolf

Use chipping to improve your full swing says Keegan Bradley!

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  and  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.

To read the rest of how chipping can improve your long game, go here!
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Master the uneven lie chip shot now!

We all know (or hopefully know) that the quickest way for the average golfer to lower their scores is to practice their chipping and putting.  Usually, when I see students practicing their chipping, most of the time it is from an even lie.  Those are not typically the lies you get on the golf course.  So find some tough spots to chip from.  Uphill, downhill and sidehill lies.  From the rough and under some trees.  Now these are the shots that will make you a better player.  Here PGA member Mike Malaska gives some valuable instruction on exactly how to master the uneven lie chip shot right now!
Chipping from an uneven lie requires a different technique than chipping from a flat lie. 2011 PGA Teacher of the Year Mike Malaska shows how to chip the ball straight at the flag from uphill, downhill and sidehill lies.
Source :  Mike Malaska Picture : Neville Wootton

Address position will affect direction when chipping. Do it right!

I have always felt chipping is the simplest part of the game.  It is a very small swing, has a large margin for error. The golden rule of fly the ball as little as possible with a fairly straight faced club helps also.  BUT, students seem to struggle with this shot.  Here Pierce Ward and Andy Proudman of explain that the correct address position makes this shot really simple, turning you into a great chipper!
Chipping it close. In this weeks Go Low PGA Professionals Piers Ward and Andy Proudman talk about set up and grip to help you improve your accuracy when chipping.
Source : Meandmygolf

To be a good chipper you have to learn to control your airtime!

I have used this drill in the past to help me control my airtime on both my pitch and chip shots.  Choosing a specific number of balls (the same number each time) and seeing how many you can land in the hole, teaches you distance control.  Once you can control your airtime, by using different clubs you can then also control your ground time (roll) for the ball to finally end up next to or in the hole. Do that and you will be a really good chipper!  Thanks to   Peter Finch Golf for this very helpful exercise!
This is a fantastic drill to getting your short game next to the hole and save a few strokes a round. Just pick up about 10 balls, grab your lob wedge, and choose a target about 15 yards away. Watch the video for all the details.
Source : Swing by Swing     Peter Finch Golf
A different way to chip.

Get rid of the chipping yips. (Or just improve your chipping)

It is safe to say that every golfer knows that having a good short game will improve your score.  However, if you have the chipping yips, (a nervous twitch of the muscles as you try to execute the shot) this can be disastrous to your game. Here is a drill by  PGA Professionals Piers Ward and Andy Proudman, that will not only improve your chipping, but if you have confidence issues (even Tiger is not immune to this) then this is a video for you to watch! Source :

A Lesson in Chipping from Jim Furyk!

When I teach chipping at my school, I tell my students “The Golden Rule” in chipping is “Fly the ball in the air as little as possible, and roll the ball as much as possible”  And they all seem quite surprised by that statement, because most club golfers tend to chip with a lofted club no matter what the distance.  Jim Furyk, multiple winner and Major Champion on the PGA Tour gives us the same message, but adds a few little gems like standing a little more upright, similar to your putting stroke!  Thanks to nollprod for posting this. (not sure who nollprod is, but thanks anyway)   Source : nollprod

Chipping. Faults and Fixes.

My Faults and Fixes Series helps you diagnose your own swing problems by observing me demonstrating what not to do when you’re taking a swing.  Can you relate to these problems? Spend some time either on the range or in your backyard, to improve this simple chipping motion.       Source : Mel Sole Golf Schools Pictures : Mel Sole Golf Schools