Chipping, Pitching And Lobbing Tips From Golf Pros
The short approach is where 70 percent of the game is won or lost. The lie to the hole is more difficult here than from any part of the course. Gaining skills in this area takes longer than getting a good consistent drive or putt. These tips will help you master this critical part of your game.
Good chipping requires firm wrists through impact and free body
rotation in both the backswing and follow-through. Use this drill to strengthen your moves.
- Position your hands choked down to the shaft and the butt of
the grip touching your left side.
- Keeping the grip against the ribs, swing the clubhead back.
- Note how your wrists remain stable and your body turns back
and through the swing.
Many golfers fear pitching shots. The reason being is that they
concentrate too much on the obstacle they are going to have to clear.
This creates fear. When fear enters the picture, the big muscles
freeze, locking the lower body in place, and activate the small
muscles in the hands and arms. That combo just doesnt work for pitch
To release the muscles adn engage the right leg action during pitches,:
start your downswing by rolling your right ankle and knee toward
This promotes high, soft shots that clear even the most fearsome
The lob shot takes some practice. The swing is long but the shot
is short. To generate a long enough swing and the necessary shallow
approach into impact, try to feel an underarm throwing motion with
the right arm. Take practice swings (then hit balls) with your left
arm off the club and let your right arm create the wide arc and
shallow approach necessary to slip the leading edge under the ball.
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