Dial in Your Wedges
I've found that on chips and pitches, I can increase my feel by progressively gripping down the closer I get to the hole. It's something I picked up watching Seve, who will sometimes go all the way down to the steel.
The principle is simple. The shorter the club, the easier it is to control. But getting the right feel for this system requires some practice, because gripping down makes the club feel that much lighter.
The more I grip down, the closer to the ball I have to stand, which also makes me feel more
in control. I even narrow my stance as the shots
get shorter. This whole process of closing in on
the ball increases my sensitivity for the shot.
Gripping down and adjusting my stance
also lets me expand my toolbox of shots.
example, if the hole is cut close and my mind's
eye sees a low-flying shot that checks up
quickly, rather than a standard chip, I can
choke down on a lob-wedge, play the ball
back and pinch it off the turf. The result will be
a low shot with extra bite.
Try adjusting your
set-up and playing new shots.