Over-acceleration Kills Chip Shots

March 10, 2016

Over-acceleration is one of the most common errors in chipping … and pitching … and putting, actually, in most shots.  Regardless of whether it’s because you feel you need to help the ball into the air or because you’ve heard you should accelerate the club to the target, stop it!

Your clubhead gains pace as it approaches the ball because of transfer of momentum.  This is to do with sequencing your body, arms and club rather than using – manipulating – your hands.

If you have ever tried chipping one-handed during a practice session, you’ll realise that the more you try using your hands, the less successful and less consistent your contact.

It is better to let the momentum of the swinging clubhead gather pace with your hands quite passive.  This means your focus should be on sequencing your body, arms and the club.

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