Using a preshot routine every time you approach a shot makes you comfortable and prepares you for your shot. The familiarity of your routine can physically relax you before a swing. Awhile back, we posted a helpful article on creating a preshot routine.
A few things to remember during your preshot routine:
- Line up your shot just as you would a putt.
- Don’t choose a club until after you have examined your shot. This will help you determine the proper club for your shot.
- Always take a practice swing.
When selecting a club for your shot, there are several things to consider:
- If you have very little distance from your ball to the pin, you want to give the ball a little more loft than you would for a longer distance. Try a pitching wedge for this shot.
- If you have a long distance of green, try using an 8-iron (or a 5-iron if the shot is especially long). An iron will will give your ball a lower trajectory and more roll.
- Is your shot uphill? Using a low-lofted club like an 8- or 5- iron will allow you to hit the shot in lower and roll it up to the pin.
- Downhill shot? A pitching or sand wedge to give the shot loft instead of distance to allow it to roll downhill toward the hole.
As mentioned above, choosing the right club for the shot will make a vast difference in the distance your ball travels. But to control your chip shot, you’ll need consistent and clean contact with the ball. Your swing through the ball should be longer than the backswing–this forces you to accelerate as you swing. Hold your follow through on the ball until it comes to a stop on the green.
Here are some great drills for working on your distance control.
Do you have any chipping tips? Leave them in the comment section!
Y’all have a good weekend, and hit ’em straight!