Chipping Out Of The Rough: 5 Tips From Professionals
Improve your chips and capture the greens
The way you execute a chip shot off the rough decides your score on the greens. Even if this is true, chipping is not a favorite maneuver for many. Shots such as nailing a put or hitting the long drive are far more preferred by golfers, when compared to chipping. But chipping is the best way to lower your scores. With a bad chip, you end up with a bogey, whereas with a good one you can save the par. With poor chipping, you can miss more greens, so the only way to save your shots is by improving the chipping shots. Here are five tips from experts.
Modify your stance
The club head needs to come down in a steep angle on the golf ball for the chipping to be a good one. To enable this you need to have at least 80 percent of your body weight balanced on the front foot. This minimizes resistance via the grass too. This stance is similar to when you chip off a great lie, so you can remember this easily.
Early wrist break
To make the strike direction explained above, your wrist should take an early break while you backswing. The thick rough resistance can be avoided this way, so you get the ball easily and fast in the air.
Hitting the ball
To prevent the rough from reducing the impact on your swing, you need to use a downward strike on the ball. This way give a solid strike and get the shot in the right direction quickly. If you fail to get this shot right, or try to lift or scoop the ball it will end in a fluffed or chunked shot, which does not travel too far.
The club head being easily caught in the rough can wreak havoc with the chip shot causing chunks or shanks. The ball travels only a few feet and away from the target. When you use a firmer grip, the clubface is held squarer in relation to the target giving you a straight chip shot.
Decide your shot
You will have to use a putt, if you do not hole out the chip shot. Before the chip shot, gauge the direction you want to putt from, so the job is easier. If the area of the hole is a flat one, this would not matter and you need to try to chip as closely as possible. However, if a slope is present, you should make sure you putt uphill. A five feet uphill putt is easy, when compared to a three feet downhill putt, so decide accordingly.