3 Chipping Tips Guaranteed to Get Your Game in Gear

Your short game is the majority of your score in golf and it’s also the hardest. Try these chipping tips to help you lower your strokes near the pin.Chipping tips can help you improve your score

Preshot Routine 

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.

Club Selection

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.

Distance Control

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!


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Updates and Information from the Ole Miss Golf Course


Hello, everyone! We want to take the time today to update you on a few things happening in our online community. 

First, our Who Has the Best Party in The Grove photo contest is going great! Thanks to everyone who has entered or voted for a photo so far. Don’t forget that you can vote once daily! The contest ends November 16th, so head on over to our Facebook page and vote–after you finish here, of course. 

In other important golf course news, we’re working hard every day to grow and foster our online community.  In an attempt to make it as easy as possible for our fans to access important information about The Ole Miss Golf Course, we’re currently working to move the blog over to our website. This will likely take some time, and we ask for your patience and understanding as we work to make your experience as smooth as possible. For the time being, we’ll be posting on both venues, and when everything is situated, we’ll move over to the website. We appreciate your understand and look forward to providing you with golf tips, instruction, and drills in the months and years to come. 

Thanks to each and every one of you for supporting your Ole Miss Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you in the pro shop soon! 

Hotty toddy!


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This is a great instructional tool for golfers of any skill level. Many thanks to Ian Hardy of golfhabits.com for passing along his link!


18 simple ways

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened”Buddha

By Ian Hardie

***Please note this guide is no longer available and has been replaced by a new free guide – 18 things you should know about golf – to get your copy click on one of the images of the cover which you will see at various places around this page***

 So here it is.

A free 62 page guide called – 18 Simple ways to easily improve your golf.

When I began writing this golf blog, I started by writing about all sorts of different things related to golf.

Mainly because I wasn’t exactly sure of what golfers would find most useful. 

I knew what I found useful personally and what had worked effectively while teaching golf over the years

But was I able to convey…

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Three Drills and Tips on Putting from Over 4 Feet

An astonishing 43% of all strokes in your golf game occur on the green. Here are three tips on putting, as well as drills to help you master the majority ofTips on Putting will help you lower your score your game.

Reading the Green

The break of the green and the grain of the grass is one of the most important things to consider, since the slope of the green and the direction the game grows can affect the roll of the ball.

From 3 feet behind the ball, crouch down and look toward the hole. This will give you a general idea of the left/right slope and the direction the ball will break. Walk around to the backside of the hole and look at the same line. One tip to check the grain of the grass, look to see if the grass looks shiny or dull. If it’s shiny, the grain grows with you and the ball will roll faster, if it’s dull, it’s growing against you, which will slow down the putt. Sometimes, the grain will appear to grow across the grain of your line. In this case, be careful; it could case your ball to drift slightly toward the direction of the grain as it slows.

A great drill for reading greens is to place a ball three feet from the hole. Try to sink the put using the tips above. When you make the putt, move the ball back 3 more feet and try to hit the ball so it continues the line of your first putt. Continue to move the ball back 3 feet each time until you’ve reached 20-30 feet.

Stance and Position

One of the best tips on putting is that, if your putting stroke and stance feel natural and are working for you regularly, don’t try to alter them too much. If you’re just a beginner or if you think that your stance and position could use a little help, here’s a great post from Free Golf Lessons to help you perfect your setup.

To practice lining up your body for a shot, stand sideways in front of a full-length mirror and take your putting stance. If you’re perfectly aligned, you won’t be able to see any portion of the side of your body opposite the mirror.

Judging Distance

Speed is arguably the most important aspect to master in putting. If you miss a putt, you always want to leave yourself no more than three feet from the hole.

To improve your ability to judge distance, try this drill: Starting at 10 feet from the pin, place balls at 10-foot intervals away from the pin. You should have a ball at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 feet. Now, start at the 10 foot mark and putt the ball to the hole. If you don’t sink the putt, make sure the ball is within 3 feet. Next, hit the 50 foot putt, attempting the same result as the 10 foot putt. Then make the other putts in random order. You always want no more than three feet between the ball and the cup. The better your control over distance, the fewer three putts.

These tips on putting can take you out of the land of three putts and knock a few strokes off your score.

Do you have tips on putting? Share them with us in the comment section. We’d love to hear them!


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30th Annual Ole Miss Golf Course ThyssenKrupp Golf Tournament Winners and Slideshow


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Two Golf Rules Every Player Should Remember on the Green

Golf is, at they say, a gentleman’s sport, and the golf rules are designed to ensure that you always play like one. But what the rules don’t tell you is that golf if often hardest on those meticulously managed greens. Below are some golf rules your partners, fellow players, and g

Golf rules for the green are important for many reasons.

reenskeepers will thank you for regarding closely.

Repair your spike marks on each green

There are a lot of people in the world who think that golf shoes serve no other purpose than to make more money for sporting goods manufacturers, but the truth is, golf shoes are designed for comfort and securing your footing during shots. And by utilizing today’s technology, they are more comfortable, breathable, and supportive than a regular pair of athletic shoes.

Though metal spikes are more damaging than their newer, plastic counterparts, all spikes can be damaging to the surface of the green, and the golf rules state that players may not repair old spike marks that appear in the path of their ball. Remember this little fiasco at Augusta

in 2005? Well, here’s what the USGA had to say about the golf rules concerning spikes at that time:

“The Rules of Golf are based on two fundamental principles: (1) play the ball as it lies and (2) play the course as you find it. Permitting the repair of spike marks on a player`s line of play or putt would be contrary to these fundamental principles. Rule 16-1c permits the repair of old hole plugs and ball marks but does not permit the repair of spike damage or other irregularities of surface on the putting green if they are on a player`s line of play or putt or might assist him in his subsequent play of the hole. The distinction lies in the fact that old hole plugs and ball marks are easily identifiable as such, whereas it is impossible to differentiate between spike damage and other irregularities of surface on the putting green. Permitting the repair of spike marks would also inevitably lead to a slower place of play. Please note that proper etiquette recommends that damage to the putting green caused by golf shoe spikes be repaired on completion of the hole by all players, just as a player should fill up and smooth over all holes a

nd footprints made by him before leaving a bunker. We feel that improved education and players` consideration for others rather than a change in the Rules of Golf is the proper solution to the problem.”

Repair ball marks

One of the best feelings in the game of golf is watching your ball as it flies along the proper trajectory and plops down perfectly onto a well manicured green before rolling to within 3 feet of the pin. But you should always remember that your near perfect shot made a nasty dent on the green!

Ball marks are little dents or pock marks that appear as the result of a longer, loftier golf shot wherein the ball falls hard onto the surface of the green. Balls have even been known to dent the green so badly that the grass is ripped up. And while, according to the golf rules, players

may repair ball marks that appear in the path of their ball, the proper etiquette is to repair your own marks on the green before progressing to the next hole.

To repair your ball marks, insert your divot fixer on the outside of the mark at a 45 degree angle and push up slightly so that the mark rises just above the surface of the green. Using your putter, pat the mark back down until it is flat and even with the surface.

The More You Know: A Few Rules Pertaining to Greens Play

Rule 16-1
The line of putt must not be touched, except to remove loose impediments, lifting or replacing the ball, repairing a ball mark (old or your own) or removing movable obstructions. The player can place the club down in front of the ball when addressing, but may not press anything down.
The most common breach of this rule occurs when a player, partner or fellow competitor physically touches the point on the gre

en where they should be aiming a putt. The line of putt can be pointed to, just not physically touched.
Penalty for breach of rule: for stroke play, a two-stroke penalty; for match play, loss of hole.

Rule 8-2
A player, partner or caddy can indicate a line for putting prior to but not during the stroke. In doing so, the line of putt can not be physically touched.
This means you cannot have your buddy stand behind the hole so you can aim at his foot. Placing the flagstick on the ground behind the hole also could be construed as a rule violation. It is better to place the flagstick off the side of the green.
Penalty for breach of rule: stroke play, two-stroke penalty; match play, loss of hole.

Rule 18-2b
If a player’s ball moves after it is addressed, other than as a result of a stroke, the player is deemed to have moved the ball and incurs a penalty of one stroke, and the ball must be replaced, unless the movement occurs after the backward movement of the club and the stroke is completed.
Usually this happens in three situations. When grounding the putter to align the putt, it is easy to accidentally bump the ball. A strong wind could move the ball. If the green is very fast and your ball is on a mound, the ball could move. As long as you are aware of the situation, you may be able to avoid a penalty. If the ball moves as you start your backswing, don’t stop! Completing the stroke cancels the penalty.
Penalty for breach of rule: stroke play, one stroke penalty (and ball must be replaced to original position); match play, loss of hole.
If a ball or ball-mark is accidentally moved in the process of lifting the ball under a rule or marking its position, the ball or marker must be replaced. There is no penalty.
This rule is self-explanatory. Many golfers are under false assumptions that there should be a penalty.



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Free Golf Lessons at The Ole Miss Golf Course!

The Ole Miss Golf Course will begin offering free golf lessons for players of all skill levels.Ready for free golf lessons from the Ole Miss Golf Course

On select Saturdays beginning October 27th, golf instructor John Graeber will be on the driving range to provide instruction to interested players. Graeber has been the instructor at The Ole Miss Golf Course for over 15 years. More information about him can be found in this interview on Tee Time at Ole Miss.

 Free golf lessons available on:

October 27th

November 3rd

November 17th

December 1st

Range balls will be provided with these free golf lessons, but clubs will not be available for use.

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