Accuracy in the short game is probably more essential than the long tee shot. An effective short game can make all the difference between winning and losing a match. Focus on your wedge and putter and watch those scores come tumbling down. Your score will reduce if you place emphases on your wedge and putter.
Knowing the stroke to play and developing a firm chipping stroke will give you confidence. When your faced with a tricky lie, confidence around the green will help you attack the pin just as you do when putting.
You want to get as near to the pin as possible with your chip so take the time to assess what will be the right shot for your situations. Observe your situation and check for hazards, rough and the slope of the ground. Once you have decided which shot to use go ahead and don’t change your mind. Lack of commitment will frequently cause problems.
Provided the lie is good, use your 5 iron and place the ball toward the back of your stance. Aim your club face at the flag and use your putting grip at the bottom of the rubber. Use a slow, short and even swing without wrist break. A putter might be easier to play but the longer grass makes the stroke hard to judge. To lift the ball out cleanly and onto the green use your 5 iron.
Take a slightly open stance and use your 7 iron. Aiming your clubface at the flag, place the ball towards the back of your stance. Grip the club lower than usual and make a backswing and though swing of equal length with no wrist break – the left wrist staying firm through impact. The use of a 7 iron is better than a putter as you should avoid hitting the less even surface of the apron.
If the grass is long and likely to tangle but the lie is good use a sand wedge and an open stance. Place the ball in the center of your stance, with your hands ahead of the club head. (Aim the clubface at the flag and try to drop the ball on top of it.) Your grip must be lower than what it is for a full wedge. Create a steep backswing and downswing by using an early wrist break. Be confident, too soft a touch will place the ball in the sand in front of you.
If you grip further down than normal you can improve your feel for the club head and your command over the shot. Being aware of your club head is necessary for a soft greenside approach.
Maintaining most of your weight on your left foot is another point that will assist anyone struggling with their chipping. As you swing keep your weight on the left foot. If you let your weight transfer too much to the right foot it will cause your club head to swing in the opposite direction to what you want.
If you practice these golf chipping tips into your golf practice net rolling three shots into two around the greens will become a reality. Keep it simple and it will help you to cut your handicap.