Chipping – Strike the Match

Want to improve your golf score? Practice short game shots around the green. Here is a tip that may help with those pesky chip shots.

How many times have you confidently pulled your favorite wedge from the bag and promptly created a divot large enough to plant last year’s christmas tree but only moved the ball about 5 feet?

Many times golfers take too long of a backswing with a wedge and then decelerate as the club approaches contact with the ball. This common malady creates many unpleasant results. The good news is that there is a quick cure for this golfing misque and once you’ve mastered it, you’ll be chipping like a pro.

Years ago, I learned a great tip that I would like to share with you. On short chip shots around the green feel like you are “striking a match” with the club head as you pass through the ball. On your practice swing, brush the grass. Listen to the sound the club makes as you swing through the hitting area. This sound should resemble a match being struck. Keep your backswing short and accelerate the club as you brush the grass. Take a couple of good practice swings and then step up and make the same swing with the ball there.

Shorten your backswing, accelerate through the ball, and “strike the match”. Try this simple drill the next time you are faced with that daunting chip shot onto the green.