Score-Slashing Short Game (60% Off)
Hey guys. So let’s talk a little bit about chipping. What I want to go over today is one of the biggest misconceptions that I see in chipping and the biggest thing that leads to poor contact around the greens. And what I’m talking about specifically is using the leading edge of your golf club versus using the bounce. Now, when I grew up and I took lessons when I was younger, I was always taught the old school, put the ball really far back in your stance, get the handle away forward, lean way forward. And I would chip like this, right? And you can get okay at that, I’d get streaky at my chip shots. But man, when I would go off with that, I would hit a lot of fat and thin chip shots. And what I did is what I think everyone does.
I’ve said, “Okay, well, if the ball back and hands forward are good, then the ball more back and the hands more forward and leaning more left must be good.” And then I really turned into a one trick pony. I have a little low skipping chip shot, but it’s super inconsistent. When I use the leading edge of the golf club with my chip shots, I have absolutely zero margin of error. If you think about it, where this leading edge acts basically like a knife, if you will. So when I come down that leading edge is going to dig, dig, dig down into the turf, meaning I have to strike the ball absolutely perfectly. What we want to do and the beautiful part about these wedges that they design is there’s the bottom part, which is called the bounce, which is just the part of the club on the bottom part of the club.
And quite literally, it will bounce off of the ground. Now the point here is I want to, during my down swings, have this back part of the club hitting the ground in thudding the ground. It gives me the most margin of error. I don’t have to hit the ball perfectly. That is the main theme here. Now, there’s a couple of different setup pieces and some in-swing things I need to do to adjust it. What I want to make you aware of is that I don’t want all you guys’ ball way back, hands way forward, weight forward. That’s okay only for a low shot trajectory-wise you want to hit and you have to be perfect. What I’d like you to do on baseline chip shots is have the ball more towards middle, maybe just slightly back of middle.
I like to go about inside part of my right heel. Shaft is very neutral. Weight is neutral. Now those setup pieces are important for this. You have to match these up. If you’re going to learn how to use the bounce and start getting this bottom part of the club to be the part that thuds to the ground, you have to set up correctly. So let’s get the golf ball more towards the middle, feet still narrow like this shaft not leaning super far forward. I’m going to go pretty neutral. Now with the club face if you do open the face a little bit at address, you will expose more and more bounce. You just want to stay away from the club face being too close. Now, when I learned how to use the bounce in the beginning, I was taught to do it using right arm only for me as a right handed player, trail arm only golf swings.
So if I would encourage you guys, if you take the club, take the grip with just your right hand only, open the club face a little bit and learn how to get the back part of the club thudding the ground. When I do the leading edge, there’s going to be a clip. I’m clipping the turf. It makes a very small noise. When I do the bounce, there’s going to be a thud motion and there’s no better way to learn how to do it then with a right arm only chip shot.
And it might be difficult in the beginning and that’s okay. I want you guys to learn how to do that. And then you transfer those fields into a normal shot. So my shot I have here might be about 15-20 yards, have about half fringe, half green. And I’m going to use this bounce on all of the shots. I want the most margin of error. I’m not going to do anything drastically outside of normal. I’m going to pick my spot, go through my practice swings, but I’m still thinking about this back edge of the club is the part that’s actually thudding the ground here. So let’s go ahead and give this one a shot.
So that one I got good clean contact on. Rolls up pretty good, maybe a couple inches short, almost went in the hole and I’m using the bounce that I have margin of error. So you guys need to look at this bounce, regardless of how you do it. If you have chipping issues with your contact, you have to look at the bounce.
After you’ve watched today’s video, I’ve got a few questions for you:
Have you ever chunked a chip or pitch?
Do you struggle to chip the ball close enough to the hole to set yourself up for a make-able putt?
How do you feel standing over a chip from a tight lie where you need to pitch the ball over a bunker?
Are you confident in your ability to pick the ball cleanly? Or are you thinking about what could go wrong?
Do you ever pull out your putter from way off the green just to avoid the “chip yips?”
Either way, you just know you waste too many shots around the green.
In the next video, I’ll explain how the “A.F.S. putting technique” makes your short game easy…
…And gets you up and down in 2 shots 50% of the time or more!