Posts Tagged ‘chip shots’

Are you Chunking Pitch/Chip Shots?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

When I play with my hacker golfer friends (who shoot beyond 100 on average), one of the things that I do them over and over again during the course of round is “chunking” their pitch shots/chip shots.

So, how do you “not” chunk pitch/chip shots?

It’s pretty simple, most of my hacker friend who are chunking are trying the help the golf ball instead of hitting down on it.

If you have this trouble many times on the golf course, here’s some simple tips that can help you hit them good everytime:

1. When you setup to the golf ball, make sure your weight is a bit on the left (perhaps 60% on the left and 40% on the right will do for right-handed golfers). This will eliminate any chances of you thinning or chunking.

2. Also when you are setting up to the golf ball, make sure your hands are slightly ahead of the ball. If not, you are setup for chunking.

3. When you hit the pitch/chip shot, hit “down” on the golf ball and “through” until you have finished the shot. A lot of golfers “decelerate” on their downswing and this will cause chunking.

These three tips should help you stop chunking those pitch/chip shots and helping you save more strokes.

Even if you are not chunking, perhaps you can help out your friend who chunks. :)

Of course, there are advanced methods to pitching/chipping to but these tips are for those of you who have a chronic “chunking” problem.

Short Game Tip – Getting More Feel Before Hitting That Chip Shot!

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

If you watch pro golfers on TV carefully, you will notice that sometimes (during the heat of a match/championship), the pro golfer will walk the greens.

This is because he/she is trying to get a “feel” for the greens before hitting their chip shot.  Sometimes pros do this for even longer pitch shots such as 90 yards in.

The nature of the game forces the greens to get harder as the day goes by and usually when you see the leaders finish on the last couple holes, that’s usually when the greens are hardest and fastest, especially on windy days.

These little, minute effect of nature can have a great impact on how your ball behaves when you are chipping or pitching to the green.

To get a good feel for the greens, simply walk the green where you will be landing the ball and rolling it to the hole.  Then try to get a good “feel” for the greens by feeling the green with your feet.

After getting a good feel for the green, visualize your chip/pitch shot and then hit the darn thing.

You should start doing this more often (although you don’t have to do it everytime) as it will help you predict and hit better short shots around the green.

Also, by walking around the green before you hit the chip shot, you will subconsciously relax yourself and also help your mind get a better “feel” for the shot.

Short game requires more “feel” then anything and your feet need to feel the greens when under the gun.  Whether you are hitting that chip shot close to win a nassau bet or the U.S. Open, this little tip will help you win more often than not.

If you don’t believe me just watch the pros walk around the greens before they hit their chip shot and also watch exactly where they are walking.

Today’s Swing Thoughts!

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Well, the only reason I made this blog in the first place was to record my swing thoughts so I can go back in the future to see the swing thoughts I had when my ball striking and short game was good.

Today was a really good ball striking day, perhaps the best in a long, long time.

Here’s are my thoughts through the swing:

Address

Make sure to setup up with the left foot about 15 degrees open, I have a bad habit of opening up almost 45 degrees, which hinders my balance.

Takeaway

I really want to feel like I am taking my stomach and all of upper body together away from the ball on-plane.

After that, I simply feel the momemtum of my body (stomach and all of upper body) swinging a little further to the top of the swing while cocking the clubs with my hands.

From the Top of the swing

I don’t really feel the top of my backswing anymore as I feel the body constantly moving in action.  But from the top, I really feel like my whole body simply swings inside-out pivoting on my upper body or the spine.

Well, that’s about it.

This also worked really well with the short pitch and chip shots.