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Question on Chipping:

I am a 15 HCP that should be a 10 or 11, but I have a very poor short game. How can i avoid shanking my chip shots? I do not seem to know the correct motion for that swing.
--Bob W. from Lake Worth, FL

Hi Bob. Thanks for writing

A shank is caused by hitting the ball off of the hosel of the club. There are 4 main causes:

1) Standing too close to the ball
2) Leaning onto your toes
3) Swinging too far inside out
4) Swinging too far outside in

When it comes to chipping it makes sense to first check your weight and make sure it is in the arches, not the balls of your feet. You are balanced in the center of your feet, not on the balls. If you really feel you are falling forward into the ball I would suggest actually putting more weight back on your heels for a while.

Next, back up just a little. Even though we do stand in closer to the ball when we chip and our set up is more upright, I would make sure that you can fit a fist between the butt end of the club and your legs to ensure you are not crowding the ball too much.

An inside out path is definitely the more common swing path flaw on chip shots so we want to make sure that you are not getting the club too far behind you on the takeaway. Make sure to keep the club in front of your toe line throughout the swing.

I'm going to give you a free try on a couple of drills that are for our Pro subscribers. I really like these anti shanking drills and I'm confident they will help:

2 Ball Drill:
2 Ball Drill

2X4 Shank Cure Drill:
2X4 Shank Cure Drill

Give them a try and let me know how it goes. Also you may enjoy this article for greenside chips:

The Bump and Run:


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