Re: Chipping, wrist or no wrist
Originally Posted by TommyBoy
The problem with this is that you have to dip the shoulders, extend the arms or release the hinge on the way down. If you set up to the ball for a chip, hinge the wrist on the way back and hold it on the way down, without changing the body position, you would not hit the ball at all, at best wack it at the top of the ball.
What you do to get the club back down to the ball, I can't tell, but it can add inconsistency.
For me, wrist hinge is about getting speed. For a flop shot or out of the bunker I need a lot of speed. When chipping, I rarely use the wrists since I don't need more speed than I can amount by only swinging the arms. From thick rough I might do it, to pop the ball out, but not on a clean lie from the fairway. It just adds another part that can go wrong.
I know for my own part that I have often been hurt by this before. I set up with the weight forward, ball slightly forward of center and hands a bit in front of the ball. Arms go back, wrists hinge. On the downswing, the wrists unhinge. If I don't time that move perfectly, I'll end up hitting the ball thin or fat, neither yeilding the wanted result.
So to sum up: No, I do not advice using wrists when chipping.