Club Selection For Chipping
When chipping you are attempting to land the ball one step onto the surface of the green and roll it to the hole. Roll / flight=X . . then 12-X = club 20/5=4 12-4=8 Iron.
Example: 20 steps of roll divided by 5 steps of flight equals 4. Then 12 minus 4 equals 8 (iron).
Pick your club, subtract its number from 13 then make that a fraction indicating how far you must fly the ball.
13-8 (iron) = 5 so you must fly the ball about 1/5th of the way to the hole.
Golf is a game of "connect the dots" played over hundreds of acres of assorted terrain. The player that can connect the dots along the straightest lines will almost always have the best score.
So what really makes the greatest impact on direction? Well it's not the swing, its the face of the club. Certainly alignment and swing-path have some impact on the ball's direction of flight, but it's the face of the club that has the most dramatic effect.
Watching the results of thousands of swings on the Golf Achiever launch monitor has proven to me that even the worst swing can deliver a straight ball flight.
So during your next practice session do a series of swings with the club face open or closed at set up. With an open face at set-up attempt to hit a small draw or with a closed face set-up attempt to hit a small fade, this will teach your hands to control the face of the club.
Lets begin with a scorecard that might actually improve your game. To use the card, first print page one, then reinsert the printed page 1 into your printer and print page 2 on the reverse
side. Cut in half and you have 2 scorecards.
The card is simple and fairly self explanatory, you will be able to track distances, accuracy, fairways, greens as well as putts.
- F On the fairway
- R Right of fairway or green
- L Left of fairway or green
- O Over the green
- G On the green
- S Short of the green
At the end of your round make some notes and some decisions based on the data gathered, or e-mail your results and observations to me Dave@golfcoachdave.com
Putt Your Way to Lower Scores
Improving your putting is the fastest and easiest way to lower scores. Here I will list a few putting practice routines to help you get results faster.
Step One: Putt to the edge of the green. From the center of the practice green putt to the fringe, attempting to get the ball to stop and inch or so onto the fringe. Putt to the four ordinal
points, N,S,E & W. This will give you a sense of the speed and grain of the green in each direction. Stay with this drill until you can regularly stop the ball on target. Rember, "Distance
control is more important than direction in putting!"
Step Two: Putt to a smaller hole. Again using the four ordinal compass points, push tees into the ground an inch in front of the hole leaving a very small gate for the ball to get into the hole. Practice holing putts through the gates from 4 feet and in. Set a goal to make a specific number of putts, without missing, before going to the next step. The goal creates pressure similar to what you would feel on the golf course.
Step Three: The Iron Cross. Lay out 20 balls in four lines creating a + around the hole. Four lines of 5 balls about 1 foot apart, starting 2 feet from the hole. Start the drill by holing out the 4 short putts then move to the next ball then the next untill all 20 balls have been holed. One miss and you must start all over. Now that creates pressure.
The golf swing is rotational, with the mailn souce of power the rapid uncoiling of the torso on the down-swing and follow-thru. But we can store up even more energy that can be released at the
moment of impact to produce much more power than is in the turn alone. Like cracking a whip, or snapping a towell, this stored up energy is quite explosive.
The technical term is "Conservation of Angular Momentum". There are four places that 'Conserve' the energy and they are:
- The trail elbow hinged to 90 degrees
- The trail wrist hinged backwards to 90 degrees
- The lead wrist hinged upwards to 90 degrees
- And the lead arm hinged against the chest and up to or above the hight of the trail shoulder.
Releasing all four of these power sources at the precise moment of impact requires dedicated practice, and great rhythm and timing.
The secondary use for these power accumulators is understanding how and when to reduce their storage capacity for shorter controlled chips, pitches and partial shots. Practice this also. Use less wrist hinge, less larm flex or keep the hands lower on the full backswing rotation.