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When I chip my shot goes left even though my club face is square to the hole. How can I straighten it out?
--Terry M. from Hillsboro, MO

Hi Terry,

Thanks for writing in. If your chips go left, but your clubface is square to the hole, there really are only two other options to explore. Either you are aimed to the left or your swing path is going left.

With either of these cases, sometimes you would notice a cut spin on the ball because you are actually swinging left of the target line, but your clubface is square to your target and target line so it's open to the path on which you are swinging. With chipping however since it's a short, low and running shot you may not notice the spin as much.

The first thing I would suggest is to put a club down aimed at your target and practice lining up dead square. All too often people are told to set up open when hitting short game shots and it really isn't necessary at all. Set up square with your feet, knees, hips and shoulders and see if that doesn't help you hit straighter chips.

The second thing is to check your swing path. When you are greenside, try putting a club just a couple inches inside your ball (closer to you) and practice swinging the club head back and forth on a straight line staying outside the club on the ground. It's o.k. to go ahead and watch your club head a few times to make sure it isn't crossing over the club on the ground.

I hope that helps and let me know how it goes. Be sure to check out the chipping section on the site for more tips on how to improve that area of your game. If you haven't already, I recommend you set up your practice planner and start entering scores into the game tracker so we can better help you lower your scores.


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