Posts Tagged ‘Short Game advice’

Pro Tips – Chip like Seve…

Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Chip like Seve

The set-up…

Your driving well, your fairway play is coming on but your short game needs help? It’s time to improve the game from 150 yards and in and learn here how to ‘Chip like Seve‘… are you lacking that magical touch around the greens?

Let’s look at the basics of chipping along with something 90% of golfers do. (and I’ve seen this in some very low handicap players I’ve taught!)

Chip like Seve – The Grip…

– As normal (refer to “Pro tips – Summer golf” for a refresher)

– Hold half way down the grip to give more control and feel to the shot

Chip like Seve – Stance, Ball Position, and Posture…

– Firstly – make sure you do this in the order set out here

– Stance width will be approx. 1 foot apart and I’d like you to pull your left foot back a couple of inches – as shown right

– Position the ball opposite your sternum

– Now lean slightly to your left with your upper body – once you have moved, the ball should now be just behind your sternum – as shown below. This will allow us to make a slightly downward blow onto the ball giving you that crisp, spinning chip.

Chip like Seve – Swing Technique…

Chip like Seve

Swing technique…

When we chip the ball we want a consistent strike and consistent loft. Both of these help to judge distances as if you get these the same every time, all you have to do is vary the length of your swing to hit the ball different distances.

A big fault I see when I give a chipping lesson is the golfer will try to help the ball into the air, destroying the strike and giving very inconsistent loft. In the finish and through impact you will see the club get ahead of the hands – as shown right

Often this is because the golfer is trying to use the hands and wrists to control the distance of the shot. Not only does this make it incredibly difficult to strike the ball consistently and create consistent loft, but also makes it very hard to get a consistent speed through impact.

This happens, as our hands have fast twitching muscle fibres which are difficult to control – especially under pressure!

Chip like Seve – Feeling it….

I’d like you to feel like the shaft of the club moves in line with the sternum as you swing the club back. To give an example I’m going to use Luke Donald – sure you will agree – not a bad chipper!!

Luke Donald Chippin

Luke Donald Chipping…

See how the hands and sternum are pointing parallel to each other.

This shows the body is more in control of the swing and allows him from here to keep the hands very passive and let the chest turn the club through the shot.

Below we can see the finish position where the sternum, club, and hands are all pointing in the same direction. No flip, just a swing controlled from the chest!

Chip like Seve –  And finally…

– Feel the sternum move the club shaft back and through, and FEEL as though they stay in line through out.

So there you have it, get down the range and add some ‘Seve Magic’ to your game!

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By Andy Clissold – TSG Head PRO

Pro Tips – Putting like a Pro…

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

If you struggle to hole your putts, specifically short putts (by this I mean 5 foot or less), this will be costing you a lot of shots and there’s no reason why you can’t be as good as Rory from these distances, here’s a few tips that will get you Putting like a Pro….

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Putting Like a Pro…

Often golfers will move their body when making short putts, and in doing so it makes it very difficult to manipulate the face to point at your target. Often it is the lower body moving that means the upper body moves as a result.

So what I’d like to see is you try and stay still while you putt!

The thought, and the feel I’d like you to have, is that you keep the knees still and don’t watch your putt until you can see the grass under the ball.

Practice those Putting Drills…

To help you with those short putts under pressure – whether its to save par or win a match. Here’s a drill to help you cope with the nerves.

– Set yourself up 3 feet from a hole and try to hole 10 putts in a row. If you miss – start again. Once you get up to the 8th or 9th putt, the nerves will start to kick in!

– Once you have holed 10 putts from 3 feet, do the same from 4 feet

– Then repeat for 5 feet

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But what about distance Putting….

Long putting is all about ‘feel’.

Trying to hit the ball the correct distance so if you don’t hole it, you can make the next one.

Similar to chipping, I see golfers try and putt with their hands and wrists. Why is this a problem?

Well, the hands contain fast twitch muscle fibres, and these are very hard to control to power and speed of consistently – especially under pressure.

The bigger muscles i.e. our shoulders and chest have slower twitch fibres which makes them much easier to control the speed of.

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So it would make sense to use these muscles to control the speed….

– Get a good set up where your eyes are over the ball and the arms hang naturally

– Maintain the “Y” shape formed from the arms and putter shaft from set up and throughout the stroke

– You should feel as though the shoulders and chest are controlling the stroke and maintain a smooth stroke throughout

More ideas to get your Putting like a Pro…

– Putt from anywhere on the green to the fringe – you are trying to get the ball to rest against the fringe

– Hit some putts and try to do this, 3 balls max from any one spot – it is important you keep moving around hitting different distance putts

– Once you can get the ball resting up against the fringe from different spots, do the same thing but before you watch the ball, make a judgement on whether you think the ball is short, long, or on the fringe

When you can judge whether your ball is against the fringe, long, or short – you have tour level feel and to you’ll be Putting liek a Pro!

By Andy Clissold