Want to tighten up your short game? Try chip-putting

Tiger Woods chips onto the 9th green during his second round on the day 2 of The 150th British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland on July 15, 2022

Chip-putting is a straightforward strategy to sharpen your quick sport.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — At this 12 months’s Top 100 Teacher Retreat on the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Ariz., the world’s greatest instruction minds are gathered to be taught from one another and share concepts in a jam-packed itinerary that spans two days.

Having so many prime academics in a single place is an actual boon for the GOLF staffers onsite, permitting us ample alternative to pose a few of our most burning questions on sport enchancment.

One subject at prime of thoughts for me currently? The short game — specifically, chipping. What’s one factor I ought to at all times be mindful to maximise my scoring potential on pictures across the inexperienced? I requested Prime 100 Trainer Lou Guzzi for his opinion.

“Attempt to chip with out a lot loft on the membership,” he mentioned. “That means, each alternative that you simply get to hit a low chip, maintain the ball down as a lot as doable, maintain as a lot spin off the ball as doable, and also you’re gonna get extra consistency.”

One shot that Guzzi recommends including to your arsenal to attain that consistency? The chip-putt.


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“That’s what the tour gamers do,” he mentioned. “They chip-putt rather a lot, and which means they use their putting-stroke movement with their wedges, their 8-irons, their 6-irons. After which as a result of they’re utilizing their placing method once they’re chipping, the ball comes off the face softer, they maintain it down, they get extra consistency, they knock it nearer to the outlet and, after all, in the long run, decrease their scores.”

A part of the attract of the chip-putt is the truth that you’re protecting the ball on the bottom as a lot as doable, eschewing your common default sand wedge membership choice in favor of a membership with decrease loft and trajectory potential.

“In case you go to Augusta National, you’ll see the very best gamers on the planet chipping with hybrids across the greens,” Guzzi mentioned. “They hit loads of bump-and-runs the place they make the most of the hills and hit the balls into the hills as an alternative of the hill turning into a giant concern. It finally ends up turning into your greatest good friend as a result of you may hit somewhat bump-and-run into the hill after which enable the ball to simply roll from there.”

Regardless of the seeming simplicity of Guzzi’s recommendation, I questioned about its limitations. What’s the most yardage are you able to count on to have with a view to make the most of this method? In keeping with Guzzi, that’s the place apply is available in.


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“If you consider making an extended placing stroke, attempt utilizing that stroke along with your irons and see what the carry is on every,” he mentioned. “The space will differ from participant to participant, however you may simply create your individual yardage database with this method.

“For instance, if a 9-iron with my longest placing stroke carries 20 yards within the air, then I do know,” Guzzi continued. “Take notes as a result of after getting a really feel for one thing, even if you happen to hit a nasty shot and that ball carries, take note of the place it carried. It may not have been the shot you needed, however there’s a yardage for that shot. Each shot you hit, so long as it’s a superb strong shot, it’s best to take some info on what you simply did.”

Give Guzzi’s chip-putt method a attempt in your subsequent spherical, and sharpen up your quick sport with me! And to learn extra ideas from Lou Guzzi, click on here.

Golf.com Editor

As a four-year member of Columbia’s inaugural class of feminine varsity golfers, Jessica can out-birdie everybody on the masthead. She will out-hustle them within the workplace, too, the place she’s primarily accountable for producing each print and on-line options, and overseeing main particular tasks, comparable to GOLF’s inaugural Type Is­sue, which debuted in February 2018. Her origi­nal interview sequence, “A Spherical With,” debuted in November of 2015, and appeared in each within the journal and in video type on GOLF.com.

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