CHIPPING : SHARPEN UP AROUND THE GREEN
Many players struggle to get up and down or close to the pin from around the green, this can get extremely annoying and can waste shots. It's so easy to miss a green but recovering is key, with spring around the corner its time to get off the range and out on the short game area to sharpen up your chipping.
A lot of players get a bit lost when practicing from within 30 yards and end up hitting shots from the same place to a different flag, or even worse the same flag. This is a problem because you just repeat the same shot with the same lie at the same distance, and you will never get that exact same shot twice in a round. If your working on technique this is OK to an extent, but make sure you change the flag or target at least.
The top guys on tour are brilliant at scrambling and damage limitation, so getting a few more up and downs can deffinatley help.
Here are a few ways you can find your touch around the greens again after a long winter off :
VARIATION IS KEY
Take 3 or 4 balls and a few different clubs to use, I would suggest SW, LW and 9I to practice with.
Choose a different spots around the green and try hitting 3 shots from each place, pick a high, medium and low shot.
If you prefer to just use one club throw the balls down around the green and hit them from where they lie. Try putting some in the rough, over a bunker or obstacle and from the fairway.
Don't kid yourself and give yourself a good lie as you can't change the lie on the course, so play it as you find it. This also helps to identify your areas of weakness.
This is a great game to play, it doesn't just help with chipping but teaches you how to get up and down. For this you will need your wedge or wedges and putter.
HOW TO PLAY :
- Choose 9 spots around the green, you can do this by putting 9 balls down or just choose as you go, I usually suggest chipping to one flag for this one.
- Each hole is a par 2, to keep a track of your score/progress either write it down on a scorecard or in your phone.
- From each spot, chip to the hole and record how many shots it takes you to get the ball in the hole.
- After the 9 holes you will have a score, the title kind of gives it away but the Par is 18 so however many shots you have over this is your handicap. For example if you have 25 shots your handicap will be 7 ( 25 - 18 = 7 ), whatever your score is try beat it next time.
- You can do it a few times in a row but I usually suggest playing once a day or once a practice session, its also quite a good warm up drill before you go out on the course.