In this chipping lesson we’re going to be looking at ball position which is critical for great chip shots.
When you walk up to your golf ball for a chip shot you should be making sure the golf ball is in the center of your stance. So when you do this the golf ball should be equal distance between both of your feet. (See Chipping Picture #1 Below)
For a successful chip shot the clubhead has to find the golf ball at the bottom of the arc in the downswing. If the golf ball is too far forward in your stance you will risk a shallow swing which will cause you to hit up on the golf ball. (See Chipping Picture #2 Below)
If on the other hand the golf ball is placed too far back in your stance your chipping swing will be too vertical and you will not get the golf ball in the air good enough for a successful chip shot. (See Chipping Picture #3 Below)
Now it doesn’t matter what type of lie you have, the golf ball should still be centered in your stance for a chip shot. If you have a bare lie, thick rough lie or even an uneven lie, the ball position stays the same, in the middle of your chipping stance.
By setting up to a chip shot with the golf ball in the middle of your stance it allows the clubhead to find the buttom of the golf ball without any unnatural moves in your chipping swing. (See Chipping Picture #4 Below)
And by placing the golf ball in the center of your chipping stance, this will provide you the best opportunity to do this. Do not take the ball position for granted when chipping. Get it right and great chip shots can be yours. Get it wrong and it will be very tough for you to have consistently great chip shots.
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