Clutch Kim: Two Tips to Improve Your Chipping Under Pressure
Si Woo Kim reacts to chipping in for birdie from the off the green on the par three 17 during Rd 4 of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club on January 15, 2023 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
- Find Your Landing Spot. Kim didn’t aim for the hole when he chipped-in at Waialae. He locked in on a landing spot about halfway to the pin and that’s where the ball landed. Any further, and the ball rolls past the hole and Kim likely loses. As you get ready to hit with some practice swings, or whatever your routine may be, look for a landing spot you feel comfortable with hitting based on the club, lie, and yardage. This will help narrow your focus on getting the ball on the right path to hopefully nestling close — or going in.
- Think, “1-2.” Take a look at Kim’s motion on his chip and you can see how dialed in his rhythm is. There’s no herky-jerkiness to it whatsoever. Once you’ve settled in to the shot, remember, “1-2.” Count to “one” on your way back and “two” coming down into the ball. This simplifies your motion and helps establish a nice rhythm.