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Hi all,

I don't think this would be considered "Yips", yet when chipping, I have a bad habit of decelerating. I will make a nice slow, short back swing, then even though I know that I should follow through with a full swing, I sort of stop just as I hit the ball. Now I have a line drive over the green. Any tips?  What to practice to prevent this?

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I have two drills which help me One is lifting the heel and chipping off the toe There's a recent thread in this forum about this method this gives me excellent ball control and ball roils to the hole like a putt The other is a Stan Utley drill where he holds his club upside down and tries to chip with the handle of the club. After a few tries like this I get the feel and return the club right side up and able to tap the ball to the hole with right amount of feel

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Hi all,

I don't think this would be considered "Yips", yet when chipping, I have a bad habit of decelerating. I will make a nice slow, short back swing, then even though I know that I should follow through with a full swing, I sort of stop just as I hit the ball. Now I have a line drive over the green. Any tips?  What to practice to prevent this?

The reason you are doing this is because your trying to forces a distance instead of letting the club do the work.

http://thesandtrap.com/t/39411/quickie-pitching-video-golf-pitch-shot-technique

http://thesandtrap.com/t/70998/chipping-with-a-putting-method

This will help you get the standard short game motion. You will use a pitching motion for about 95% of all your short game shots. If you want to chip, then I recommend just using a putting motion, with a slight wrist hinge.

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Good video in the thread above. Notice how the lead arm remains straight. For me, this is what I need to remind myself to do in order to hit solid short shots. FOR ME, when I'm playing well, I try not to think of much in the stroke when hitting short pitches and chips. I remind myself to keep a straight lead arm (without the reminder I tend to bend the arm just enough to distroy any chance of hitting the ball solidly) and then think about the flight I want and EXACTLY where I want the ball to land. Like putting, I try not to think about length of swing and followthrough. I've hit enough balls to let my sub-conscience take over. If I was tossing the ball, I would not think about my tossing technique, wrist position, followthrough.... Same idea here.

When I get hippy around the green, no amount of thinking will help. It is hard, but I try to just think about the lead arm and hope that does it.

Not sure if that will help you.

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I also would try different grips. Full fingered reverse double overlap, double overlap , overlap and interlocking I think there is much art in chipping and sometimes different grip works for example a bump chip and another grip for a lob chip and another for a tap chip etc

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I often feel the less fingers I have on the handle like double overlap.the better I can chip it. The more fingers the better I can "pitch" the ball

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