How to chip a golf ball is one of the most essential lessons when first learning golf. If you want to further improve your golfing skills, you will need to review the basic chipping techniques and master them.
The first step in the successful execution of a chipping shot is selecting a good club.
Yes, you read that right. In golf, just like any sport, you are only as good with your equipment.
So choose a club, putter, and wedge that you are comfortable with and will best complement your technique.
For instance, some may choose an 8-iron due to its length and weight paired with a pitching wedge. Find what works for you.
The next step is to maintain proper body mechanics. This means having a relaxed posture.
Focus your weight on your forward foot. Do not hunch your shoulders. Keep your head up while not losing your sight of the ball.
Ensuring you have proper posture will also benefit you after the game because you will not complain of body aches and pains.
Tighten your grip of the club. The nearer to the base, the better. But remember to relax your knees and do not hunch your shoulders.
This technique is often most difficult to achieve among beginners since you will most likely forget to relax the upper body.
With practice, this step can easily be achieved and maintain throughout each game.
Swing it! Your swing should depend on a hole’sdistance, slope and other intervening factors.
For the beginners, you should always remember to maintain an open body position. It entails you facing the golf ball squarely but still allowing enough room when you swing and follow through.
This also means that when you swing your club, your upper body will naturally follow the motion of your hands.
As you learn the deeper intricacies of each chipping technique more, you will be able to control your swing depending on the type of pitch you are making.
Most professional golf players are able to judge the distance that their golf ball will travel depending on their swing type.
They typically use their wrists as hinges to control the intensity of their swings.
If you want to learn how to do this, take care of your wrists and diligently practice other techniques.
Chipping a golf ball will involve upper body and arm strength as well. You need to channel that strength if you want to successfully complete longer chips.
For shorter chips, that is when you rely on your wrists as leverage.
To avoid chip flops and missed shots, always remember to follow through. This means maintaining the inertia of your swing/s to make sure your golf ball reaches the flagged hole.
You’ve seen most professional golf players do this. Emulate their techniques to ensure your own success.
Sometimes you do not need to have a full follow through especially if the shot was only a short swing. Instead, you can deliver a short follow through while still ensuring that the ball gets to its intended goal.
Learning how to chip a golf ball for the first time can be hard. But it gets easier and you get better every time you practice. So practice a lot and you will see the results soon.
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