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Chipping: Decrease Lower Body Movement

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For short chip shots, most of the weight should remain on the front foot while the lower body remains very quiet throughout the stroke. A common tendency, however, is to sway during the stroke which leads to inconsistent contact. The following drill is very effective when trying to decrease lower body motion and increase consistency:

  • Take your normal address position for a chip shot.
  • Raise the heel of your back foot off the ground a few inches.
  • Take some practice strokes, keeping the heel of your back foot off the ground while paying close attention to the feel of your weight while remaining planted on your front leg. This will prohibit swaying.
  • Practice hitting a number of chip shots like this. You will experience more stability throughout the stroke and the result will be crisper, more consistent contact.
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