Posts Tagged ‘chip shot’

How to Hit the Soft Floating Chip/Pitch Shot from the Rough!

Monday, November 9th, 2009

In this blog post, I will show you how to hit that soft, floating chip/pitch shot from the light/medium rough.  This is a shot I practice and use constantly and can be a great par saver.

This method might differ from anything else you have learned in the past but trust me, this is a fail-proof method of hitting a great soft, floating chip/pitch shot from the rough.

Also, you might be interested to learn that I have devised my own method by applying a lot of stuff here and there I’ve learned from other pros.

Short game can be limitless in the number of ways you can hit different shots and this one is specifically geared towards “simpleness” and easy enough for any weekend golfer to repeat it with little practice.

Basically, this is a short game shot that’s really a chip shot and a pitch shot since you will hit the ball soft and higher than normal, but still need to get some roll after the ball hits the ground.

The basic method of hitting this soft, floating chip/pitch shot is to open your clubface (this would depend on how high you want to hit it) and simply using a “mini version” of your full swing.

There’s couple of things you need to do and that is to take a square stance, just like a full shot, you DON”T NEED TO OPEN YOUR STANCE AT ALL.

I find that you can actually hit these little pitch shots more consistently if you setup square to the ball.  Also, make sure to hit DOWN on the ball and THROUGH the ball.  Don’t be afraid to hit this shot, you need to be confident.

One more thing, you want to try to hit about 1/4 inch behind the ball and let the clubface “bounce” off the grass.

For the shot, I recommend either a lob wedge or sand wedge.  (Btw, I used a 60 degree lob wedge in the video.)

Before you hit the shot, make sure to “visualize” exactly how the ball will fly (its trajectory) and where it will land on the green.  (read the green too so you know how the ball will roll after landing)

The greatest part about this shot is that you don’t have to change your swing at all or learn a new pitching technique.

Make sure to keep your hands super “light”, barely on the grip and let your arms feel like “spaghetti”.

Light hands are essential to every shot in the short game.  Ask any pro in the world and they will tell you light hands equal great feel.

Remember, short game is about creativity and imagination, don’t be afraid to experiment and make your own chip/pitch shots.

I assure you, if you get good at this shot, you will be making a lot more pars on the course.  I find this shot more useful than hit and run chip shots.  (which are useful too but not as used often in my experience and much easier)

Shortgame DIY – How to Hit the 3 Wood Chip Shot!

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Well, one of the most useful shortgame shot is the 3 wood chip shot.  But first, you need to know when and where you hit the 3 wood chip shot.

I found it helpful on the following occasions to hit the 3 wood chip shot:

  • Your ball is laying in-between the green and the fringe, sorta half-way and cannot get the putter fully on the ball.
  • Your ball is in the fringe but the green is super-fast or downhill, you don’t want to chip.  The 3-wood can do a great job here since you will be guaranteed that the ball rolls, to avoid flubbing.
  • Your ball is in the fairway but you are playing a links-style course, the 3-wood chip can come in handy and let you roll the golf ball all the way home

Now, those aren’t situations you come to often but 3-wood can make you score better, especially if you are playing for money or a tournament is at stake.

To play the 3-wood chip, simply grip down on the 3-wood near the metal or graphite.  Then simply chip it like your chipping shot or you can even experiment with a putting grip and putting swing.

You will notice that the golf ball comes off the 3-wood very hot with a small jump at the start.  Don’t worry too much about how much the ball jumps, the main thing you need to practice is to control the speed with the 3-wood.

Every once in awhile, you will use the 3-wood and start getting better and better with it.

Of course, don’t be too disappointed if you hit the ball too far or short, you need to practice this shot to get the “feel” for it.

Once you have the “feel” for it though, you are on your way to adding another great shortgame technique.  And you can tell your friends you learned it online for free at ProGolferDigest.com.

Enjoy~

Best of Golf at ProGolferDigest!

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Here’s a re-cap of the best posts at ProGolferDigest this month:

  1. Greg Norman can win the British Open this year!
  2. Does Steve Elkington have the best Stack and Tilt swing?
  3. go GREG NORMAN!
  4. Nick Faldo tips on golf.
  5. Sensoglove may help you play better tournament golf.
  6. Swing Analysis of 2-time 2008 PGA Champion Anthony Kim.
  7. Bob Tway’s chip shot at 1986 PGA Championship may not happen to Greg Norman tomorrow.
  8. Ben Hogan’s swing secrets revealed.
  9. KJ Choi might win the British Open too.
  10. Ernie Els has a great swing even though he might be sucking it this week.
  11. My 4-iron swing was lookin’ good, now it’s even better.
  12. Davis Love III also has a very good swing.
  13. Fred Funk is still one of the straightest drivers on the PGA Tour.
  14. Matt Kuchar may have the flattest swing on the tour today.
  15. Ben Hogan’s knockdowns are so pretty.
  16. Moe Norman’s swing may have a lot in common with Tiger’s swing.
  17. Adam Scott copied Tiger’s swing.
  18. Ball flight is important in the wind.
  19. Annika Sorenstam’s swing may be the best swing out of all male and female golfers.
  20. Learn to hit that 30 yard pitch shot crisp.
  21. How to practice like a scratch/pro golfer.
  22. Ian Poulter has a good swing too.
  23. We love Greg Norman, don’t you?

1986 PGA Championship – Bob Tway Chips in to win by one over Greg Norman!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

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The greatest part about today’s internet is the fact that we can look back at history at the click of a button.

Here’s Bob Tway’s chip shot that went in to beat Greg Norman by one shot.

This is the reason why you need to keep playing golf until the last putt is holed. (or the last bunker shot in this case)

U.S. Open – Tiger goes Birdie, Eagle to finish at Top!

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

As predicted, the top players of the world came up to the top except for Stuart Appleby, who had a miserable day shooting an 8 over par, 79.

On the bright side, Tiger managed to birdie and eagle the last two holes to finish up at the top.

Mostly likely Tiger will probably win tomorrow at this point but it’s still hard to tell if his knee will keep up.

As predicted, Rocco Mediate goes on to make a lot of mistakes near the end, where he goes about 4 over par over 3 holes. With Rocco’s second-grade swing, there’ no way he will win the U.S. Open.  Don’t call me biased but his swing is something not to look at.

And if Tiger doesn’t win, it might be a crap shoot of players who tee off early and get to play the course before the greens get hard and fast.

I still think Tiger might win tomorrow, although I want him to. There’s just too much knee trouble but who knows, he might get real lucky like his chip shot on the 17th today.