Golf Tip: For soft chips, open the face of a wedge, take it back outside the target line and up quickly, then slice across the ball – hard. The ball will pop up in the air, go a shorter distance and land softly.
This was the tip on my golf hole a day calendar. This is a really good tip and although I believe it is important to understand how to hit a high, soft chip, I think they should have started with a disclosure: USE ONLY WHEN NECESSARY! One of the biggest problems I see with most people I play with is they are constantly trying to hit a flop shot. They don’t understand how to execute the basic bump and run and only try lob shots around the green.
The flop shot is one of the toughest shots to pull off and should almost never be your first option. The basic chip and run is almost always a better option. A bad bump and run will always end up closer to the hole than a missed flop shot. Your chipping priority should always be: putt – bump and run – lob…in that order. Always, always putt the ball if you can from around the green.
How to incorporate the bump and run in your game after the jump. [Read more →]