Technique #1 Square stance will have the effect of using the true loft of the club. So on the occasions when you need to hit the ball higher you simply increase the loft by either using a more lofted club or by opening up the club face, however when you do this the club will aim to the right of the target so you will have to open up your stance (aim left of the target for right handers). In doing this the face will again be aiming at the target as well as effectively having more loft.
Learn to control distance is the objective.!!!!!!
Club selectionThe main fault with the average player is that they use the lob and sand wedge for all shots irrespective of the distance. Chipping the ball to the back of the green with less loft is more reliable; therefore get the ball onto the green as soon as possible. Landing the ball on the first part of the green then running up to the hole is easier than flying all the way to the hole; the reasoning is that the smaller the swings the less chance of miss hitting
Technique #2 Narrow stance, weight forward hands forward will promote a downward swing path at impact Grip down the handle. Set up in impact position because the time taken to swing doesn’t allow for extra body movements that you would use in swings for bigger distances. So setting up in impact position as there is no time to adjust the body to get into the best impact position if you start in any other way. Placing the ball into the back of the stance opens the club face, so opening the stance will effectively square up the face to the target again. The longer the distance, the longer the back swing and follow through will be required for controlled acceleration through impact. Chipping swing up to parallel condition.
Common Faults. To move the weight onto the back foot, trying to lift the ball into the air (scooping)
Practice. Practice has two parts, technique and play. So when you want to work on your technique the target is irrelevant. Likewise when you work on playing (Target practice) do not think about technique. Place up to 10 clubs on the ground perpendicular to the target line about 2m apart starting from the edge of the green. Then try and hit consecutively into the space between the clubs on the ground learning where to land the ball is what counts. Once you have mastered that, try the same exercise from different distances and different lie conditions. Then you can try from more difficult lies, like sunken lies, bare lies, against the grain, with the grain, wet grass and the like. Keep a record of your results and which clubs you use so as to keep an eye on your progress. You can compete against others so as to keep score. Or try and beat your previous best score, this will help create a feeling of the real pressure you experience on the golf course.
Chipping Drills The goal is to play to 9/18 holes in a score of at 1 under the card (17 for 9 holes/ 35 for 18 holes) It will depend on how many holes there are on the chipping green.
Firstly start from the easiest position, which is on the greens edge, once you obtain the goal gradually move further away from the flag up to 15 meters still on relatively flat ground.
Then move to uphill and down hill slopes.
Keep a record of your results so as to keep an eye on your ongoing progress.
You can compete against others so as to create a real feeling of the pressure you experience on the golf course. This will help you get used to the real situation.