What is the Best Approach for a Difficult Chip?
Lillia Vu on the 17th hole during the second round of the 2022 U.S.Women's OpenGetty Images
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- Rule #1 – The easiest way to hit a successful short game shot is to get it on the ground rolling as soon as possible. Only throw it up in the air if you must go over something like a creek or bunker.
- Let’s start with assessing the lie from the ground up. What is the grass doing? If the grass is laying against you, using a wedge is not an option. You must either use a putter or a hybrid. The loft of a wedge going against the grain will catch the grass and dig. Putt the ball just over the grass surface and use a club that has a wide bottom.
- Make sure you read the shot like a putt. Always incorporate break into the equation. Even off the green, the ground influences the roll. Better yet, where we start may influence the roll completely opposite from on the green. Get the ball beginning on the correct line.
- All amateurs consistently fail to get the ball past the hole on all types of approach shots. When chipping/putting from below the hole off the green convince yourself to hit the shot hard enough to go past the hole. Three feet past the hole is just as far away from the hole as three feet short. Except, the shot that went past the hole has a chance to go in! Hills REALLY slow the ball down, hit it hard enough.
- Employ a simple stroke when you putt or use that hybrid. Don’t change to a chipping motion just because you are off the green. Continue to use a putting motion and your contact will be much better. Great contact = distance control.
There are plenty of birdies being made at Pine Needles. It’s exciting to see and it makes those par saving moments all that more important. Watch closely how these amazing women assess their own situations around the green this weekend. Follow their lead along with these keys your newfound short game success may surprise you.