Chip without Wrist Hinge to Stop Topping or Fat Shots
We have talked about various ways to chip the ball.
However, what works for me might not work for you, so I would like to show you all different kinds of chip shots to help you fix your problems.
In general, players usually use wrist hinge to hit the chip shot. By hinging your wrists, you can generate the clubhead speed and put the backspin on the ball.
But if you hinge your wrists on the backswing, you are going to have to unhinge them on the way down. Some players make mistakes when they try to unhinge their wrists on the downswing and hit it fat or top the ball.
Steve Stricker who became No.2 on the world ranking at one time uses what he calls "dead-hands" chipping.
He takes wrist hinge out of the chipping shots. Here is how he hits his chip shots.
1) Take a narrow stance
2) Put more weight on your front foot
3) Lean the shaft a bit toward the target
4) Don't use wrist hinge at all during the swing
Try to take the club back with your shoulders and arms. Your hands are just holding onto the grip and stay quiet throughout the swing.
When you don't use your wrist hinge, you won't put much backspin on your chip shots. But you might be more consistent without the wrist hinge.
If you hit fat shots or top it often, you might want to try Stricker's chipping style.
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