Tom’s Tip: Chip Tip to improve scores

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, July 30th, 2016


20160721215723(2)TOM WARD

Now that the weather has been really heating up one of the best
ways to battle the heat on the golf course is to be one cool customer
with the short game. Too many times I see golfers missing the greens
in regulation….either chunking or sculling chip shots…. resulting
in a high score. I’ve got a great drill that can help to rectify
issues with the short game.
We all get nervous or anxious on most shots….all that negative
energy is best felt in our hands and wrists as that is the only
contact with the golf club.
Under pressure we are all guilty of wanting to guide or steer
the club. In the photo is one of my students demonstrating the drill
which I call the “Reverse grip”. If you’re a right handed golfer, all
you have to do when gripping the club is simply reverse the process
whereby your left hand is now on top of your right hand. This unusual
re-gripping of the club may initially feel awkward at first, but give
it a try and you’ll quickly see what benefits can come from it.
Most golfers chipping from around the green get too handsy and
try to add height to the shot by cocking the wrist. When you use this
new grip a few things are going to happen to the setup and posture
that have positive ramifications. By gripping the club in ‘reverse’
your body will automatically become more bent over (from the waist)
than with conventional stance. This setup will activate the legs to
become more flexed from the start all the way through impact. That
combination will help stay down through the swing allowing the club to
work as it was designed….getting much needed loft without attempting
to do anything extra. With your hands switched over you’ll start to
feel how the forearms actually control the hands and wrists… not
vice versa. Take a close look at the photo…the golfer is well past
impact. Notice how well he is staying down and through the shot.
Also, I’ve highlighted, with an arrow, how his knees have
remained flexed past impact. I’ve circled his hands to show there is
no manipulation to interfere with the motion he has created making a
nice smooth swing sequence from start to finish. This drill will allow
your hands to go for the ride instead of trying to guide the shot
which leads to errors especially under pressure.
You’re going to like how this perfect pendulum motion will allow
you to freely swing the club back and forth under the influence of
gravity and help to alleviate anxiety over chip shots.
Who knows perhaps you’ll like this drill enough to incorporate it
into actual play on the course. There is nothing to lose by using this
drill, except a few extra strokes off your scorecard.
Tom Ward can be contacted at


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