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Short Sided Chipping, Double Hits

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My short sided chipping from just off the greens is one of the worst parts of my game. I'm pretty good at flopping it from most lies to within a 10 foot circle, but sometimes chipping is clearly "the shot", even if I can't do it well.

For whatever reason, maybe every 1/4 times when I try to hit that shot that pops maybe 3-5 feet out of the rough, the club head catches up with the ball and pops more or less straight up for a double hit. The initial contact feels good, it's just that the tempo of ball and club seem to match up? The rest tend to be long where the ball comes off very hot due to delofting/too much force (guarding against the double hit). If I try to slow down, it's nothing but stubs.

It's so ingrained in my head now that practicing last night I hit 3 of these in a row.

What should I look to do with this shot? Should the club head be behind the ball at all times, or sliding underneath the ball and past it more like a flop, or?

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Hello! Have you read these threads?

 

 

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@Vinsk posted a couple of really good methods. For straight ahead chips, I have been coached to take the club back without any wrist hinge for shorter chips. Then on the down swing, keep my right elbow in and add a little palmar flexion (slight bowing of the wrist). This helps with better contact.

You will want to use the bounce of the club in this technique, so don't play the ball too far back. I just put it in front of my right big toe. To lower trajectory, use a lower lofted club.

I choose the method by the lie. In rough, especially when grass is between the ball and club face, I go with a pitch. It cuts through grass better. 

Really tight lies just off the green, chip with a putting method as Mike demos in that video.

Straight chips are used in light rough or longer shots where there is ample green to work with or uphill.

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Usually double hits are a result of having hit fat.  The ball doesn’t accelerate fast enough to get out of the way of the clubface as it continues through impact. 

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That chipping with a putting motion shown above is really a great way to chip. I have been doing it for many years. My set up is just a little bit different, as I use a more pure putting stance, and stroke..

Imo, it's the easiest, and most accurate way to chip. You read the green, pick your landing area, and then put a putting stroke, with  a lofted club on the ball. You can also use just about any club you desire.

I have used this mthod for so long, I have learned to use the stroke for shorter pitch shots too. 

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14 hours ago, Vinsk said:

Hello! Have you read these threads?

 

 

Hi there; I have seen the pitching video, and the chipping with a putting motion from the fringe or 2nd cut off the green I've been doing more often for a few years now.

This particular shot is from a not-good, not terrible in rough just over the back or side of the green to a back pin, maybe 20 feet from the hole total. Don't hit it there, I know, but it happens.

As a kid I would hit this shot as a sort of half flop (guarding against the double hit... at least there's no penalty now) most of the time and got pretty good at it, within 5-6 feet usually. Then there's the occasional outlier skull that can lead to a double or worse, plus barring a perfect shot you're never going to hole one. I would see better players generally chip with a lob wedge from the same sort of lies and could plop the ball on their spot just past the fringe 7/10 times, usually scaring the hole, usually ending up closer than me. Could never work out this shot, I can't feel any sort of fluid/pendulum/float loady action with such a short swing.

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