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Tip no. 15 - Chipping
with Pachesham Golf Academy

However well you play, you're going to miss greens. Even the 2010 PGA Tour's Greens in Regulation leader (John Senden) only hit 72.5% of them! Getting it 'up and down' around the green and consistently turning three shots into two is one of the keys to good scoring. Practice and master this, and your handicap will tumble!

Please note: all lessons refer to right-handed golfers

• If you struggle with chip shots around the green and tend to stub the club into the ground or shoot the ball across the green, there is a very good chance that you have a chipping style that is making the leading edge too prominent.
• Set up with the club shaft vertical rather than pushing the hands and handle too far in front of the ball. This will put a slight hinge in the back of the left wrist; try to maintain this hinge throughout the swing.
• The aim of this swing is to brush the grass and finish with the clubface just short of waist high and facing the sky; a good image is to see if you think you could hold a glass on the clubface.
• Done correctly this will ensure you start to use the bounce of the club as it was designed.


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