Golf Lessons: Chipping Washington DC

Chipping and putting are two areas of the game where everyone can improve. Improve your chipping and putting, and you'll significantly reduce your handicap. Read more.

University of Maryland Junior Golf Camp
(301) 403-4181
University of Maryland Golf Course
College Park, MD
 
4 Star Summer Camps at the University of Virginia
(800) 334-7827
PO Box 3387
Falls Church, VA
 
Turfgrass Trends
1775 T Street NW
Washington, DC
 
Langston Course & D.R.
(202) 397-8638
2600 Benning Rd NE
Washington, DC
 
Langston Golf Course & Driving Range
202/397-8638
2600 Benning Rd Ne
Washington , DC
Type
Public
# of Holes
18

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University of Maryland Junior Golf Camp
(301) 403-4181
University of Maryland Golf Course
College Park, MD
 
4 Star Summer Camps at the University of Virginia
(800) 334-7827
PO Box 3387
Falls Church, VA
 
East Potomac Public Golf Course -Red
202/554-7660
970 Ohio Dr Sw
Washington , DC
Type
Public
# of Holes
9

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East Potomac Public Golf Course -Blue
202/554-7660
970 Ohio Dr Sw
Washington , DC
Type
Public
# of Holes
18

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Landscape Architecture Magazine 
(202) 686-2752
4401 Connecticut Avenue
NW Washington, DC
 
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Better Chipping

Better Chipping

Better ChippingChipping and putting are two areas of the game where everyone can improve. Improve your chipping and putting, and you’ll significantly reduce your handicap. The touring pros spend more time practicing their short games than all of their other shots combined. How many weekend golfers can say the same?

The most important aspect of chipping is to make sure that your lead wrist doesn’t break down during the chipping motion. The moment your wrist breaks down, two things happen: The loft of the club changes, which alters the trajectory and the roll (inconsistent distances will result); and your arm also breaks down, which can result in bladed shots that go screaming across the green.

To ensure that neither of these things happen, work on keeping your arm straight and your wrist firm during the shot. If you’re having difficulties, place a rubber band around your lead wrist and slide the butt end of the club under it, holding the club close to your wrist. This will give you the correct feel when chipping the ball.

Golf instructor Mel Sole heads the Phil Ritson Golf School at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Chip Control

Chip Control

5 Ways To Knock It Close

Bonus Drill!

When you chip, one of the biggest misconceptions is that your lower body and head should remain frozen, just like when you putt. But that’s not the case. In fact, one of the signs of a poor chipper is that he freezes over the ball and gets extremely ball bound. Good chipping involves letting your center (or navel) flow, so it synchronizes with the swinging of the club.

A good drill to ingrain that feeling is to place the club in your navel, and choke down so your hands grip the shaft. Once you have that, practice pivoting so your body flows back and through. This should include your lower body, and your head in the follow-through. Then grip the club normally and practice with that same sensation.

Zachary Allen, PGA, teaches at DeBell Golf Course in Burbank, Calif. A former Mini Tour player, Allen has won 20 worldwide titles.

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Chip Shots

Chip Shots

Save strokes from just off the green

One of the reasons the world’s best players are so good is that they have stellar short games. Consider how well Phil Mickelson chipped the ball at this year’s Masters. On Sunday, his driver got him into trouble on a few holes, but he got the ball back in play—and up and down—because of his combined chipping and putting skills.

Learning how to chip the ball well will help you save strokes, but it also has side benefits. After all, the motion you use to chip is really just a small version of your full swing. Once you learn to chip well, simply lengthen your swing into a pitch-shot length and then, with a little more motion, you have a full swing. Here are a few variations of the chip shot that will help you save shots around the greens, and maybe even help your full swing, too!

1 Hold Your Finish

One of the keys to good chipping is to control the length of your swing, back and through the shot. Since you’re hitting a low shot, make sure to finish with the club in a low followthrough. This will prove that your impact and contact positions were good. If you can learn to finish in this position and hold it until your ball rolls next to the cup, you’ll look like a pro!

2 The Low Spinner And The Release Runner

Tour pros have great impact positions when they hit shots and, as a result, they’re able to hit some really fun low shots.

a.) The low spinner comes in on a low trajectory, takes a bounce or two and then spins hard. To hit a shot like this, simply hit a long version of a chip.

I recommend opening the club slightly at address and then getting into a good setup position. Even though the clubface is open a little, the setup and chipping motion will produce a low shot. As you swing into the ball, make sure you hold the face open through impact and finish low. Combining the little clubface rotation with a great impact will produce the spin you’re looking for.

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