Better Golf: Lockdown Edition

By now I am sure that all golfers – me included – are so desperate to get back on the golf course again. Hopefully by the time it happens we have forgotten all our bad habits and can start fresh, on a clean page with only good and positive golfing thoughts.

This week we are going to focus on chipping. Chipping is one of the areas in the game that can save you a lot of shots off your scorecard.

There will be times when the putter can work nicely around the greens, but if you want to improve your chipping you need to put that putter away. It may be a short term solution using the putter, but in the long run you will do your game more harm than good.

Today we will go through the “chip-putt”, which you can play from a few feet off the green.  You will mainly be using a 7, 8 or 9-iron, but you can use a wedge if you do not want the ball to roll too much. Not to be confused with a chip and run, the chip-putt is played with a putting stroke and you can also use your putting grip.

Choke down on your club and use a putting-like setup. Make sure that your hands are quite high and that the club is resting on its toe. By hitting the ball more off the toe end of the clubface, you will “deaden” the impact, which will make it easier for you to control your speed and distance.


The setup

The grip

Hands high and ball on the toe of the club
You will find that you need to use a little more power than a normal chip and run shot, because you are taking your wrists out of the shot and mainly use a shoulder and arm stroke.


Backswing

Follow through
The idea is to pop the ball over the fringe, taking all the irregularities out and let it roll to the hole. You can even play this shot with a hybrid or fairway wood, you will be surprised how well it works.

Here’s a short video of an extra-ordinary shot that the brave ones can attempt!

Next week we will do some other basic chip shots that you will need when you are a bit further away from the green or when you need to chip over a bunker.

Good luck and stay safe.

Contact Ben if you would like more tips or drills on how you can improve your golf during the lockdown period.

 

A year for a journey shared

Golf is meant to be a journey shared. In fact, well over 50% of golfers say that “fun with friends” is MUCH more important than being super competitive. Golf is a ‘human’ pastime. This year threatened our humanity. So we want to put more friendship, more social, back into golf while encouraging you to reach new heights TOGETHER.
We’re looking for between 6 – 12 golfers to start a shared journey. From the 80s into the 70s on your scorecard. We want you to be the master of many golfing skills.
We want you to make new friendships forged by a common goal and grown by fun experience. We want you to encourage and nurture others on the pathway, while being humble enough to be nurtured and encouraged yourself.
This is going to be fun
At the end of this journey, you’ll have new friends, new playing partners, and a new feeling for the game. This will change everything for you. This will make 2020 a crazy good year, when until now it has only seemed crazy. Talk to us about this plan.
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Keep moving.

Get into better swing positions

Being home doesn’t mean you can’t work on your golf game. Your physical conditioning is just as important as technique and course management. Improving your mobility from home means that when you’re back on the course, you can hit the ground running.
To get into position at the top of your backswing as well as through impact and into your finish, your shoulders have to externally rotate. If your shoulder mobility is limited, you’ll struggle to consistently swing on plane. It also puts a lot of strain on your elbow through impact and over time can lead to “tennis elbow”.
 
Here are several exercises that can help to improve your shoulder mobility. And all you’ll need to do them is a few square feet of space.
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For more ideas on what you can do to keep your golf game sharp, please
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