Golf Tips: Chipping and Improving Your Short Game

Golf Tips: Chipping and Improving Your Short Game

Golf Tips: Chipping

golf tips chippingHere is some golf tips on chipping that will help your short game, especially if you suffer from the dreaded yips or worse yet – the dreaded shanks. Look at the hole while you make your swing. It is the same principal that Jordan Spieth uses in putting. He looks at the hole while making his stroke. It allows your brain to focus totally on the target and not on the technical aspects of the stroke or swing. It is not difficult to accomplish, it simply takes a little practice in order for you to get comfortable with it. I can promise you that it is worth it to give it a try.

I first discovered this working with blind children. In order to better relate to them, I learned to hit balls with my eyes closed. After you get over the initial panic, you suddenly develop a much better feel for where the club is during the swing. The blind children, in many cases, actually developed faster than children with normal eyesight. Once they made contact with the ball the first time they knew exactly what to do from then on.

The major cause of poor chipping and pitching is the fear of failure. When you become afraid that you are going to hit a poor shot, your conscious mind tries to control what happens at impact and it simply cannot do it. An example of this is walking a straight line. Most of us can do that with no problem until a policeman shines a flashlight in our face and asks us to do it. If you start thinking about or trying to consciously control walking you will fail every time.

Those of you that read my Golf Tips on chipping and articles know that I focus on the average golfer. I am not remotely interested in what elite or tour caliber players do. They have extraordinary skills and talent that completely separates them from the average golfer and what is useful to him. 

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Todd Anderson: Fix Your Golf Swing Fundamentals

Todd Anderson: Fix Your Golf Swing Fundamentals

Golf Swing Fundamentals

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Nothing beats going back to basics. In fact, all of the quick tips and band-aids you hear are just clever ways of teaching these time-tested moves. My goal here is to remind you of the key positions at every point in the golf swing. But you don’t want to get too position-conscious, so I’ve also included some sports images to help you feel the motion. If you’re a technical thinker, focus on the positions; if you’re a feel player, stick to the sports images. Either way, you’ll fix your fundamentals, and that’s the quickest way to improve.




3 Tips for Better Putting

3 Tips for Better Putting

Better Putting

puttingPutting is the most neglected element of the game. A strong statement l know, however in my estimation more time and effort is focused primarily on driving and iron play, especially among amateurs. The consequence being that after all the hard work is done to get to the green, it is undone by not knowing what to do when you get there.

If you think about how significant a putter is to reduce your score in a round, that is a sad epitome of the game. People place a lot of importance in a putter but don’t follow through on it. Tour players spend a lot of time on the green. Amateurs will drop a ball on the way from the car park and off they go. They are not working on their stroke, pace, or anything. Very few people will go and spend 30 minutes practicing. Few people have dedicated passion to practice, so I’m never surprised that the putting stats for amateurs are so poor. 

1. There’s a reason you leave it short

A lot of amateurs tend to look ball-to-hole, and that’s it. But there are stats out there that show the majority of amateur golfers come up short with their putts. The philosophy behind that is that, because they haven’t looked behind the hole, they don’t know what’s there, nor do they have any confidence. It’s almost like the unknown. The metaphor is this: if you walk into a room with all the lights on, you’ll walk in quite confidently. If the lights are off, you’ll walk in a little bit gingerly. Naturally, you’ll be a bit more cautious if the lights are off and you’ll be more inclined to feel your way around. So, if you’re not aware of what’s beyond the hole, it won’t allow you to execute a free-flowing stroke and you’ll be hesitant to hit into the unknown. Tour players are great in the way they analyse the whole putt. I’m not trying to promote slow play in any way, but if you at least recognize what is behind the hole before you hit your putt, mentally it will give you the opportunity to deliver a slightly more committed stroke.

2. Accelerate your stroke

To have a good putting stroke you need consistency and repetition. It doesn’t matter whether your stroke is in-to-in or square-to-square, you are looking to have an accelerating stroke. What you are not looking to do at any time is for the putter to slow down at impact. That will only add to the skid. You want a slightly accelerating stroke. At the very least, the stroke should be the same length at either side of the ball. Ideally, the through swing should be just fractionally longer than the back swing.

3.  Try one-handed putting

One-handed putting is used by lots of tour players these days but it’s certainly nothing new. Tiger Woods, for many years, was one of the best putters in the game and he has done this quite a lot. Many players putt one-handed to get a better feel for the greens. At your own course, your green speeds will vary from week-to-week so my advice is to just hit a couple of long putts, from 15ft to 25ft, just get a feel for the putter. Try to get a feel for the weight of the putter head as the ball comes off the face. Using one hand and not two will help you judge the pace and get a better understanding of the correct feel.

One more tip…

If you grip is too hard your forearms will tense up and this will reduce the amount of feel you have. There is all sorts of nonsense on how hard you are meant to grip the club, but here’s an easier tip on how hard to grip it. If you were going to grip it as tight as you can – where you think you’re going to snap the shaft – you would class that as ten on a scale of 1-10. If the putter is falling out of your hand, you would class that as 1. You want to be 3 or 4 on that scale when it comes to grip pressure. Because there is no great change of pace in the movement you don’t have a firm hold on the putter. You want to make sure it’s not twisting through impact – but you want to maximize feel so you’ll need a lighter grip. Reducing tension in your forearms allows your shoulders to rock – they won’t be inhibited. This will improve your feel and performance, particularly on longer putts.