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How would you chip through thick grass on a downward slope into a slick rolling green? You need to get through the thick, deep grass, but don't want to hit so hard that the ball will fly off the green.
--Susan F. from West Palm Beach, FL

Hi Susan. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

That's a great question. It actually took me a long time to learn how to play that shot correctly. It was after I had turned pro and was playing in my 3rd tour event that I really began to understand it after watching a few of the other tour players.

Basically, you want to use the long grass as your friend to help you slow the club head and make the shot come off softer. This is similar to how you would in the sand. To play this shot, simply play it forward in your stance and aim about 2 inches behind the ball. The grass will help kill the shot. Depending on how far you are away from the pin you may or may not need to hinge your wrists. If you don't make a wrist hinge it's important to make sure you still hit down through the grass.

If I am greenside, I play it like a bump and run. If I am further out, I play it like a pitch shot. Either way, I intentionally hit behind the ball and use the grass.

Give it a try and I hope it helps. If you have any other questions please let me know. Thanks.

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