Once you have decided how you are going to play your chip shot and selected a club, it is time to make the shot and hopefully get the ball close to the hole. As stated last week, it is perfectly normal to take a few practice swings to get the “feel” of the shot you want to play. Let’s look some more at the mechanics of the swing used in chipping.
Your hands and wrists will be fairly “dead” through the whole swing. Your shoulders and chest, however, will be turning a great deal, and you may even feel some hip and leg motion. As in full swings, the primary swing motion is rotation. At set up you will notice that your arms and shoulders form a triangle. This triangle should remain intact during the entire swing, making the focal point of the swing rotation the breastbone. Turning around that point rather than swinging your arms and hands at the ball is essential for consistent contact and crisp chip shots.
Ideally you will have most of your weight on the front foot. That serves two purposes: One, it keeps you still, and two, it automatically helps the club make a descending blow on the ball. Once you are comfortable with the basic swing, you will notice that to increase or decrease the distance that you hit the ball, you merely increase or decrease the length of your swing.
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