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88Wildcat
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Member since Jul 2017
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Somebody save my golf game.
(Sorry about the all caps but some parts of this can not be emphasized enough) I've been playing golf for 45 years now and until this year I have never had this issue but if I can't fix the problem that has plagued me all year long I am thinking I may have to give up the game. Every time I have played or practiced this year this has happened. I start out hitting chip shots around the greens fine but sooner or later I hit one that goes off at a 45 degree angle to the right and goes about a third as far as I am trying to hit it. Once this happens EVERY SINGLE CHIP SHOT I HIT DOES THIS. NOT EXAGGERATION, NOT HYPERBOLE once this starts I can put a whole bucket of balls five yards off the edge of a practice green as miss the green to the right with every single chip. The only thing I can do is switch from a wedge to a six iron and hit low bump and runners but sometimes the same thing hits with that club. After that I might as well pick up my clubs and go home because it doesn't go away the rest of the day. When I start again on another day I may hit forty or fifty chip shots fine while practicing but as soon as I hit that first one off to the right that is all I can hit.

Tonight I went out and practiced for about four and a half hours. When it struck I hit at least 20 shots to the right of the green from about five paces off the green. I got so frustrated I thought I just flipped my club about six feet behind me over my right shoulder. Turns out I had thrown it about 40 yards behind me as it landed in the middle of the road leading into the course. It didn't feel to me like I gave it anymore than a gentle flip that was how irritated and frustrated I am. I have taken one lessen already that has not changed anything and have another one scheduled Saturday. Other than four years with my high school golf coach I have never taken a lesson ever before now.


Mahootney
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
Sounds like it’s time for a lesson.


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Kashmir
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
sounds like the dreaded “S” word.
try standing further from the ball. you're hitting it off the hosel.
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Golfer
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
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Tonight I went out and practiced for about four and a half hours.


Put your clubs up for a month. If you’re still shanking your chips after that...get a lesson. Or put an alignment stick about 1/8” on the outside of your ball and do nothing but practice shots not hitting the stick. Don’t worry about where the ball ends up. Just don’t hit the stick.
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Front9Bandit
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
Quit and buy a tennis racket


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Tyga Woods
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
Feet close together, pressure forward but head even with or slightly behind the ball, ball just forward of middle of your stance, make a putting motion with your wedge keeping the clubhead close to the ground going back and through. Make the check out to Tyga Woods.


makersmark1
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
Try getting your weight more toward your heels during the entire swing.

Pull your toes up as you are ready to swing.

Shanks are brutal.
I’ve had it happen.

Usually, for me it’s because my weight shifts to my toes during swing.


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i am dan
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
Put the ball at your front foot in your stance and keep 80-90% of your body weight on that front foot.

That has helped me more than anything hitting clean, straight chip shots around the green.

Been working on that this year. Helps a TON.


i am dan
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
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Feet close together, pressure forward but head even with or slightly behind the ball, ball just forward of middle of your stance, make a putting motion with your wedge keeping the clubhead close to the ground going back and through. Make the check out to Tyga Woods.


There's a Phil Mickelson video on youtube talking about chipping. He says the ball should be on your front foot for low chips and your back foot for higher chips. He said anything in between your feet is wrong.

His advice worked well for my game. I've chipped in a few and barely missed many using this ball placement.

I've never been very good or consistant with chipping til I started playing the ballnon my front foot with my weight forward.


CoachChappy
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
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There's a Phil Mickelson video on youtube talking about chipping.

It’s an awesome video.

OP, any decent pro will have you fixed in 2 minutes.


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Not Cooper
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
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I've been playing golf for 45 years

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I may hit forty or fifty chip shots fine while practicing but as soon as I hit that first one off to the right that is all I can hit.

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Tonight I went out and practiced for about four and a half hours

Maybe you're just getting tired or losing focus?


Mahootney
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
Great point. Who hits 40 chips in a round? No one. So at least it shouldn’t happen during a round.
Just practice until you hit one and end it there.


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Mr. Blutarski
Missouri Fan
Hattiesburg, MS
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
Take 2 balls and stand on them on the balls of your feet. This will not allow you to "lean in to the shot" and therefore keep it off the hosel. No way to shank if the hosel doesn't get to the ball first.


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hiltacular
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
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He says the ball should be on your front foot for low chips and your back foot for higher chips

he said the opposite
LINK


jpggpj
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
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He says the ball should be on your front foot for low chips and your back foot for higher chips

he said the opposite


Thanks for that correction. I had watched same video and it helped greatly but when I read the original post I thought to myself, "Damn, I been doing it completely opposite for years" LOL!

But it's been working so if I was doing it opposite, I wasn't going to change!


hiltacular
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
Yeah, he posted another video recently explaining his bump and run setup, same general concept tho ball in the back of your stance, weight forward, club vertical
LINK


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Jon Ham
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
I was having the same issue recently. These two videos cured it:

Phil Mickelson Chippng 101 (3 minutes)

How to master the 50 yard pitch shot (8 minutes)


TaderSalad
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Member since Jul 2014
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
OP, I just recovered from the nasty "s" word and here are a few of things I was doing. YRMV

1.) Crept closer to ball
2.) Over the top swing
3.) Lazy wrists - This was the main culprit. Fixed by not allowing my wrists to break at all. Feels awkward at first, but you'll get the sensation pretty quick.
4.) Early extension - weight wasn't distributed properly and my back leg was shooting towards the ball rather than rotating. Started the club offline every time. Not sure if that's possible with chipping though.

Best of luck.


buffbraz
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re: Somebody save my golf game.
I have had this problem multiple times in the past:
1. As stated earlier keep your weight on your front foot and on your heels. Do not lean forward with your weight on your toes.
2. My problem was I was swinging to far from the inside, so I watched a video that said on chips you should be able to see the club in your peripherals the whole time. Basically swing outside more (if you are taking it too far inside). You need a neutral swing path.
3. Stand further back from the ball and put the ball on the toe of your club at address.
4. Keep shaft lean forward and don't break your wrists at impact.

Hopefully this helps.


88Wildcat
Kansas State Fan
Topeka, Ks
Member since Jul 2017
2836 posts

re: Somebody save my golf game.
I'll have to look at where I have the ball foot wise on my chips. I will argue one point with him though. When I want to hit low chips to me the easiest thing to do is take a club with significantly less loft (for me this is usually a four iron or a six iron depending on the distance and how low I want the chip, but I found out today I can do this with even a five hybrid if I have to) and use more or less the same stroke I use when I'm putting. The only real problem I have with this method is that sometimes the course architect insists on putting a bunker, creek, or ditch in between my ball and the green.

I grew up playing on a course with sand greens and unwatered fairways. I've got a whole lot of shots that probably look really strange to someone who has played your typical 20th century golf course their entire life.


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