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Pitching and Chipping

 
Short with pitching; if you can see the shot for what it really is, you can probably play it as well. It is not unusual to find out that your perfectly played shot from the fairway falls miserably short onto the front part of the green or worse into the front bunker .But you thought when you hit the shot that it was a beauty. There is a lot going on here than you might imagine, your emotions and perceptions of vision can be affecting your judgment of power. The cure is to change the picture of the shot. Play the shot to not just finish on the green but to come down from a height right onto the top of the flag stick. This will make up for about 15’ to 20’of extra flight.

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Pulling chips; Most top players now no longer play their chip shot from an open stance. The reason is that it can lead to sending the ball left of where they are aiming. Reason 1/ you are likely to cut across the ball at impact.2/ from this open stance, if the clubface returns slightly closed the result is a pulled chip that goes way left of target. The CURE for the older style chipping fault is to simply turn your left hand grip under the shaft so that only one knuckle is showing. Your swing may cut across the ball and this grip change will keep the face from closing giving an improved result.Most top players now employ a narrow square stance, playing the shot with a gentle rocking motion with the shoulders, arms and club as an extension of the putting action. This greatly reduces the chances of this poor shot.

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