No More Chunks, Chili Dips, or Skulls!
How often do you hit simple little chip shots fat or thin? More often than you’d like to admit? Well, with one simple set up adjustment, I’m going to help remove the words chunk, chili dip, skull, fat, and thin from your vocabulary, and I’m going to replace them with words like up and down, gimme, and chip in.
This Tip Is For You If:
You struggle with contact and distance control on your chip shots.
The simple adjustment that I want you to make is to get your right shoulder even with your left shoulder at address. Take a look at the pictures below.
In this picture, my right shoulder is way too low. I’m probably going to hit this chip poorly.
Here my shoulders are almost even, exactly what I want. This feels like my right shoulder is higher than my left, but we can see that’s not the case.
Finally, here is my right shoulder above my left. While you could probably hit a decent chip from this position, it’s very unnatural and uncomfortable. I don’t recommend going this far.
Stick With It!
This may feel very awkward at first, especially if you tend to lean to the right at address, but stick with it. Here’s why this small change can help:
1) It will help you keep your weight on your left foot, a key fundamental for good chipping.
2) It helps to ensure that the bottom of your swing is in front of the ball.
If your right shoulder is too low, the bottom of your swing can end up behind the ball. When this happens, you either hit this shot (the “chili dip,” hitting the ground before the ball):
Or, in an effort to save the club from the dirt, you hit this shot (“blading” it, hitting the ball with the club’s leading edge):
But, if you follow my advice and get your shoulders even, you’ll start hitting this shot:
A final note: when you work on this, please keep the ball in a centered position. There’s no need to have the ball dramatically back or forward in your stance.
I hope this helps you on the course. As always, please post comments or questions below.