Once you have the ball in the center of your stance for a chip shot (See Chipping Picture #6 Below)…
…then you need to move the grip of the golf club across from the middle of your body a couple of inches towards the target. (See Chipping Picture #7 Below)
There’s a couple of important reasons why you need to move the grip towards the target.
The number one reason is to make sure the head of the golf club swings up in the backswing. (See Chipping Picture #8 Below)
If for a chip shot you start with the grip in front of the clubhead, the club will swing up in the backswing, which will create a steep angle in the downswing and this is exactly what you want to hit successful chip shots.
The second important reason to make sure the grip of the golf club is in front of the clubhead at address is to encourage that same position at impact. (See Chipping Picture #9 Below)
Keeping the grip in front of the clubhead throughout the chipping swing will ensure a steep angle in the downswing. Since the clubhead angle is so steep, the clubface will make contact with the ball first instead of the leading edge.
So let’s recap what we have covered so far in this grip position chipping lesson. At setup, after you center the ball between both feet and you have the grip a few inches in front of the clubhead (across from your belt buckle), you will be ready to move onto the final set-up position which we will cover in the next chipping lesson.
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