A good grasp of the fundamentals is crucial for hitting any shot, more particularly, the chips. This fact is overlooked by new golfers, who are only too eager to hit long and powerful drives. Research shows that on average, a player will hit less than 50 percent of the GIR (Greens in Regulation). This makes the ability to hit accurate chips a valuable skill to learn. Here, in this article, we discuss the ‘swing’ – one of the vital components of chipping.
Before getting into the nuances of swing, a brief look at the setup would help you understand how the mechanics of chipping works. Place the ball closer to the back leg, this enables the impact to take place as the clubs comes down, and the stance you take must be narrow – just 3-4 inches gap between the feet. The body should be aligned left of the target, and the make sure the club face is square of the target. To encourage the downward stroke (i.e.) hitting the ball before the club gets to the lowest point of the swing arc, transfer your body weight slightly to the front foot. The grip must be neither too tense not too light; the hold must be an inch or two from the top of the club.
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