At the address position the weight is on the
front foot, with the ball position in the middle of the feet. The hands are then
slightly ahead of the ball.
The most important aspect of chipping (besides choosing the right club) is
to make sure that the left wrist (right wrist for left-handers) does not break down during
the chipping motion. The moment the wrist breaks down two things happen:
1. The loft on the club changes, therefore changing the trajectory which
in turn affects the roll of the ball. Inconsistent distances will result.
2. The arm breaks down as well, causing 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 find this difficult to achieve in
practice try this: Take a thick rubber band and place it around your wrist. Slide the butt
end of the club under the elastic band, keeping the butt end of the club close to the
wrist. This will give you the correct feel when chipping the ball.
If you wish to lower your handicap, miss a few sessions on the driving
range, and head for the chipping green instead. You'll love the results to your game -
your opponents won't!