With The Feet Pointing Just A Few Degrees Towards The Right Of Your Target
Today's article will help you to decide which club is best for hitting a chip shot, goals and expectations, and finally, how to hit the best chip you can.
Choosing The Right Club
There is no hard and fast rule on choosing the right club when a chip shot is needed to clear the ball. However, you must decide by assessing the circumstances of the terrain and how you need the ball to travel. For example, If you are very close to the hole, then you won't need much loft.
The 7-iron and 8-iron are the most popular clubs used when golfers need to make a chip shot. Their clubfaces are less lofted, which gives them more accuracy as chipping tools. Personally, if I had to choose between the two, the 7-iron is my favorite for these type of shots. Unless you have another preference, you should also work with a 7-iron to improve your chipping shots. And by practicing with the same club, you can master your technique.
Have Confidence In Your Chip Shot With Positive Expectations
Before we get into how to make a chip shot step-by-step, I just wanted to briefly mention the importance of having positive goals and expectations before setting up for your swing. This not only goes for chip shots, but for every shot made on the golf course. Visualizing in your mind what you want to accomplish with your chip is vital to success.
What is an acceptable result? What are your expectations?
Your goal should be to chip your ball onto the green every time, without fail. You may not make it when you want to, but having self-confidence and the mental picture of success will not only increase your chances of hitting the ball correctly, it also calms you down physically and lowers your blood pressure (which can have a very positive effect on your swing).
How To Chip The Ball
Learning how to chip the ball properly is not rocket science, yet it does take practice and technique to get it right every time. The following steps help break down a chip shot for better understanding:
1. Grab your club, preferably a 7-iron, and stand up close to the target line.
2. Keeping your weight in the center of your stance, open up your front foot and the shoulders toward the target. You should literally be facing the hole.
3. Take a light, yet solid grip on the club.
4. Look at the green and select the ideal spot in which you want the ball to land.
5. Take a brief moment and visualize your swing making perfect impact with the ball, and having it land in that exact same spot.
6. Keeping your wrists firm, draw the club back and keep it low to the ground. Your turn should be rotated by the shoulders, keeping your legs and lower body out of the swing and as still as possible.
7. Now swing your club back along the target line, then downswing through the ball.
8. Once you make contact with the ball, keep your form solid and watch the ball hit the exact spot you aimed for, and rolling ever so slowly toward the hole.
9. Now practice your chip shot over and over, and in various terrain settings on the course.