How to Chip – Distance vs. Direction
It’s time to find out if you need to work more on controlling your distance or your direction when chipping.
Is One More Important Than the Other?
One of the easiest ways to drop strokes off your golf game is through improving your chipping. The average 85 shooter is faced with 13 chips, pitches and putts per round.
Distance control is the most important aspect of chipping. Think back to the last time you were faced with a difficult chip and didn’t get the desired result. Maybe you left the ball 15 feet away from the hole.
I would bet that you didn’t miss the chip 15 feet to the right or to the left. Most likely you were short or long of the hole.
That’s why controlling distance is so crucial, where we all have the most room for improvement, and where you can drop strokes the fastest.
Take the Test
- Grab 10 golf balls and head to the practice green.
- Pick a shot roughly 50 feet from the hole on a fairly level lie.
- Hit 10 shots to the hole.
- Map out your shots.
You might find them to look something like this:
You will notice that most of the balls that are farthest from the hole are both short and long. The distance the balls missed from left to right was insignificant.
If the speed were perfect on each shot, most of the remaining putts would be less than 2 feet.
How to Improve Your Chip Shot Distance Control
The key is to constantly observe the distance you hit each shot and adjust. Having a set target for the maximum distance of each shot is important to get the proper feedback as you practice your chipping.
My “Ladder Drill” video will help you do just that.
We look forward to you joining our team.