Five Secret Methods To Upgrade Your Chipping Accuracy

The chip shots are like the supporting characters in a movie; they are crucial to the plot, but they hardly get the recognition they deserve. Everyone dreams of hitting long drives or to play the accurate putt that earns them a birdie. Most golfers tend to overlook the importance of the chip shot. Experts of the game and experienced instructors are of the opinion that mastering the chip shot is one of the sure shot ways to lower the scores. Today, we’ve decided to share the five secret methods to improve your chipping accuracy.

Hinge the wrists

You must have heard many defining a chip as a golf stroke somewhat similar to the putt. This is far from the truth. The chip and the putt are two completely different strokes. Players exhibit very little hand movement in case of the putt shot, whereas, proper hand and wrist movement is the key to hitting a successful chip. While playing the chip shot, hinge the right-hand wrist (in the case of right-handed players) until the clubhead is above the grass, then in a short quick motion hit the ball into the air. When hit correctly, the ball will lob into the air and land on the green softly.

Land the chip inside the green

Chip shots might have different starting points – in the thick rough, close to the green, or the spot next to the edge – but your objective must be to land the ball inside the green. Whatever happens, make sure, your next shot is with a putter. It’s perfectly fine to use more than one putter shot to finish the hole.

Decide where to land the chip shot

Two things must dominate your mind while planning the chip shot. The answers to these two questions will help you plan the chip shot – ‘How to land the ball inside the green?’ and ‘Where should I land the ball to make the putt shot easier?’ Where the ball lands don’t make much difference if the green is flat, but in the case of a sloping green, the landing spot must facilitate the next shot – the putt.

Know the air-time to ground-time ratio

Prior to playing the chip shot, keep the golden rule in mind – the ball must be airborne as little as possible and must be rolling on the ground for as long as possible. You can play the chip shot with different types of golf clubs – from the sand wedge to the 3-iron. Each golf club has different air time to ground time ratio. You need to know the ratio of the different clubs to decide the right club to use.

Practice with one club

Accuracy is the result of constant practice. But, most amateurs play the game only once or twice a week. Add to this, the fact that most players, impatient due to lack of progress try various golf clubs. Try practicing with just one club till you improve your chip accuracy.

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