Are You Aware of Your Golf Swing Mechanics When Chipping Or Putting?
This is the least amount of time spent in practicing the chipping, pitching, putting and sand play before playing a round of golf.
For most amateurs we don't allow for enough time to practice before hitting the golf links.
As soon as we get to the golf course we jump out of our cars, and go directly into the pro shop to take care of business first.
Then we go get our golf clubs and shoes, and maybe get a few quick practice putts in, along with swinging the driver, an expect to be all warmed up.
What happens next, most of the time it becomes a rocky picture horror show.
With our expectations now reduced down to trying how to figure out what to do next in order to survive.
For the majority of amateurs or weekend golfers this happens a lot for the first few holes before we're adequately warmed up.
The only way to combat high scores is being able to have an adequate short game to make up for the mistakes being made from tee to green.
Most of the amateurs I play with hit the ball well enough from tee to green, but when they get within 50 yards of the green they seem to struggle.
They'll tell me, "I don't have time to practice these shots, I'm not a pro, and they do have all the time in the world to stand and work on these shots, so they do develop the consistency in their feel.
" The goal when chipping or pitching in golf is to get the ball to travel the least amount of distance in the air and have it roll along the green.
The problem with most golfers they'll anticipate their chip shots, and will have the habit of looking up too soon to see where the ball is going.
One major problem with this is that golfers will forget about their golf swing mechanics.
What typically ends up happening as a result is that by looking up, the leading hand wrist bends, causing the golfers hands to flick through the chip shot.
The end result is that the club head is picked up too steeply, and a blade type shot occurs which sends the ball on more of a line drive trajectory.
The reason is that the wrists bend or break before contact is made with the golf ball or ground in an attempt to delicately place the ball onto the green.
The solution is to make sure your wrists don't break, especially the leading wrist, and that your follow through continues just like a normal golf shot.
Chipping in golf is supposed to softly carry the ball to your target, as opposed to driving or iron-play which is most often accompanied by full swings.
Chips are supposed to be approached with finesse to produce loft and the finishing results by rolling the ball along the green once it does make contact.
Golfers will often try to slow down their swing, and will end up instead making physical mistakes which will have a negative impact on the outcome of their chip shots.
Instead try to keep your leading wrist straight when chipping.
This will ensure that you keep the same basic swing as your normal golf swing, but it's toned down a bit to produce a softer feel golf shot.
Once you've mastered the basics in playing around the greens, you'll notice that your golf scores will drop dramatically for every golf round your playing.
From within 50 yards, you'll be playing 60% of your golf shots.
50% around the greens.
That's why practicing your short game is even more important than going to a driving range, and pounding golf balls after balls.
The following are a few golf tips that can help you to improve your green play.
Most beginners will aim a foot or two before the hole and then get upset when they hit a perfectly struck ball past the hole, and off the back end of the green.
Yes you've hit a great shot, but it didn't account for how much the ball would roll once it did hit the green.
Very rarely do you ever have a straight level path to the hole.
Which means that slopes and undulations on the greens will affect the roll of the ball.
The quicker the ball is rolling and conforming to those slopes and undulations, the better the chances you'll have of sinking more chip shots.
The goal should be to hit the green about half way between the edge of the front of the green and the hole.
You could even try to hit 1/3 of the way in from the front of the green.
Your aim will depend upon the golf club you choose.
When using a pitching wedge, the ball will travel in the air about 60%-65% of the distance to the hole and roll 35%-40%.
( The reason is obvious since a pitching wedge has a higher degrees in loft.
) When using a 7 or 8-iron to chip, expect the ball to travel about 40% in the air and to roll at least 60%.
(These clubs have a steeper face and so will set the ball on more of a line drive path.
) Going even lower, a 5 or 6-iron will travel about 20% in the air and roll at least 80%.
These clubs require more practicing, because unlike the other golf clubs, there is no first bouncing and then rolling.
You should see a line drive that hits the fairway 10-20 yards before the green, and then starts rolling at the edge of the green.
A golf club I prefer using when just off the green by 10 to 20 yards, with flat ground and no trouble in front, is the Texas wedge.
Your putter is the easiest club to control when chipping, and you do feel that you have better than a 50% chance of putting the golf ball in the hole or close to it for a one putt.
When addressing the chip shot the majority of your weight needs to be on your front foot.
This is important to help you not only too keep your body steady during the golf swing, but to help you impart the downward blow that is important in creating the backspin you want on any chip shot.
When descending make sure that your wrists are slightly cocked.
This is important as you need to cock the wrist to help deliver a slightly downward blow through the shot.
Keep in mind during your back swing that your weight doesn't shift to the back foot at any time, there should be no movement with the lower body.
You must keep your weight on the front foot even at the top of your back swing, and keep your body still.
This will help eliminate any blading or thinning of the chip shots.
It is important that the pace of the golf swing be consistent throughout.
It's no good swinging slowly through one shot and quickly going through the next one.
You'll get very inconsistent results.
Try to imagine a pendulum and the way it moves backwards and forward at the same pace.
Try to feel this in all of your chip shots.
Then it's important to finish with a good follow through.
Make sure that the follow through is directly at the target and not around your body.
Don't stop your follow through on this shot or you will constantly come up short, or looking up to see where your golf ball is ending up on the green.
This will cause you to chili dip, or blade across the green.
For most golfers overconfidence and nervousness does play a major factor in the psyche of a players game.
After hitting a well-placed golf shot most average golfers will become overconfident and cocky in a way that harms their performance for their next golf shot.
When it comes to nervousness golfers tend to value making birdie putts more than they value shooting par.
That is why most golfers become very nervous and choke when there is an opportunity around the greens to get up and down for a chance at birdie.
The game of golf is based upon performance, persistency and consistency with regards to your golf swing mechanics.
In essence it's the golf mindset that dictates how a golfer will respond to any given moment on the golf course.
With just a little practice to establish your distances and pace, you will find playing these chip shots becomes a lot more fun.
You'll also get a lot of comments from your playing partners like, "Where did you learn to chip and putt all of a sudden?"