Good Advice Gone Wrong
Every magazine, golf pro, and TV show will tell you that you need to get your hands in front of the ball when you chip. Unfortunately, that advice is misunderstood by many golfers. In this lesson, I will give you the complete picture of what your hands should do on a chip shot.
This Lesson Is For You If
You struggle with chipping
You are trying to get your hands in front but having poor results
Thinking Literally and in 2D
Having your hands in front of the ball at impact can be good advice, but the problem is that this is only shown from a face on perspective. As a result, golfers don’t know how close their hands should be to their body.
This is what I see lots of students doing. They hear “hands in front of the ball,” and they literally put their hands in front of the ball on the target line.
If we zoom in on the clubhead, you can see the problems that this creates: the hosel gets closer to the ball, the heel is off the ground which can cause the toe to dig, and the club face is pointed right of the target. All this leads to poor contact, possible shanks, bad turf interaction, and terrible results.
Think In 3D
What you want to do is have your hands move to the left, or closer to your body, through impact.
As you can see, this keeps the sole of the club on the ground, keeps the hosel away from the ball, and keeps the club face pointed to the target.
A Simple Drill
Here’s an easy drill that will help you work on this. Get a couple of alignment sticks and a pool noodle. Put the sticks through the noodle on either end, and put the sticks in the ground so that the noodle is at hand height. Set up so that your hands are just inside the noodle. The goal is to hit your chip shot without running your hands into the noodle. If you hit the noodle, you’ll know that your hands went where they don’t belong.
Try this drill out. I think it will help your chipping which will bring down your scores.