Chipping : Common Mistakes
An article by: Bobby Eldridge

Chipping Mistakes

Let’s go over the top 6 chipping mistakes so you can figure which one you make and how to fix it on your own.

 

Topping and Thin Chip Shots

If you are topping or hitting your chip shots thin, there are two possible reasons why you are making this mistake.
If you are swinging the golf club too much from inside to outside, the clubhead is reaching the bottom of the arc behind the ball and by the time the leading edge of the golf club reaches the golf ball, the clubhead is beginning to swing up and the leading edge catches the ball in the middle or top.

Lesson: Check weight and handle placement. If the tops or thins continues, place the ball further back in your stance.

 

Topping

Yes there is another way to top the golf ball. If you swing the golf club too much from outside to in, the inside of the club will travel too vertical during the downswing. You will either hit tops or fat shots. If the clubhead travels too steep, the bottom of the arc moves from under the ball to another inch further forward. On top of the ball.

Lesson: Check the ball position. Move your right shoulder back an inch or two so the golf club can swing more from the inside.

 

Too Long

If you believe your method is correct and yet you continue to hit chip shots that run across the green consistently, you will need to correct one thing. Your downswing is way too steep. The clubhead is coming down too vertical.

Lesson: The first thing you will have to check is the ball position. If the ball is too far back in your stance, this will create too steep of an angle. The second problem might be the handle of the golf club. Check to make sure the handle is across from your belt buckle, not your left pant leg.

 

Too Short

If you believe your method is correct and yet you continue to hit chip shots that come up short consistently, you will need to correct one thing. Your downswing is way to shallow. The clubhead is coming down too level to the ground.

Lesson: Check the ball position and make sure it is not too far forward. 70% of your weight has to be on your left leg and the handle has to be across from your belt buckle.

Pulls

If you have a tendency to pull your chip shots, the golf club is traveling too much from outside to inside in the downswing and the clubface is aiming left at impact.

Lesson: The first thing you have to check is the ball position. Make sure the ball is slightly back of center and then check your shoulder alignment and have the shoulders parallel to your target line.

Pushes

If you have a tendency to push your chip shots the golf club is traveling too much from inside to outside in the downswing and the clubface is aiming right at impact.

Lesson: The first thing you have to check is the ball position. Make sure the ball is slightly forward of center and then check your shoulder alignment and have the shoulders parallel to your target line.



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