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July 15, 2009

TPC Sawgrass Swing School:
Chipping Simplified
Pay attention because this explanation will simplify and improve your chipping game—and, with practice, will lower your scores three to seven stokes.

Around the green, there are oodles of options—too many, it seems. But at the TPC Sawgrass TOUR Academy, instructors simplify chipping with this approach: Use the same swing for all chips but vary the club according to distance to the pin.

Stance is slightly open, and more weight is on the front foot than back. The power of the shot comes from the shoulders. Make a motion similar to a putting stroke only with a small turning of the shoulders and body back and then through impact.

Wrists stay quiet through the entire motion, ensuring that the clubhead trails the hands into impact (see photo)—which means consistent contact (no skulls or fat hits!). Left wrist stays flat in the follow-through.

Distance control comes down to these carry-to-roll ratios:
  • Use a pitching wedge, and the ratio is 1:1. That is, the ball will carry roughly the same distance as it will roll.
  • 9-iron = 1:2
  • 8-iron = 1:3
  • 7-iron = 1:4
  • 6-iron = 1:5
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