If you struggle with chip shots, chances are you’ve tried all the most common advice… “position the ball back in your stance”, “keep your weight more toward the target” or “be sure your hands pass the ball before impact”. While all of those tips have merit, that ugly “flip” can still emerge and destroy what should be a fairly simple shot. Well…desperate times can call for creative and unconventional methods. Allow me to unveil an exciting new technique.
Conventional instruction would recommend chipping with a slightly open stance and a clubface that is square to your intended target line. With my “hooked chip” method, you set up exactly as you would for a conventional chip, with one major difference…a “closed” clubface!
After taking your address position, simply let go of the club, then re-grip it with the clubface closed several degrees. Your mission is then to simply find a way to chip your ball to the target using this “hooked” clubface WITHOUT changing your grip. To get the job done, your body needs to adjust a few things during the stroke. In order to square the clubface, you’ll need to keep your right elbow a touch closer to your side, you’ll need to turn your hips through impact and you’ll need to sweep your hands past the ball prior to impact. The closed clubface at address truly encourages a golfer to make the proper motions during the stroke. With this unconventional technique, a player who was prone to “flipping” can rapidly achieve a successful impact position (photo 3).
Is it exaggeration? Yes. But will the “hooked chip” encourage better positions and better results? Absolutely. If you’ve been battling with poor chips and pitches, give it a try… the results could be sweeter than a Cool Ranch Dorito!