Do you pre-set your weight when chipping? If not, then this blog is for you. If you do, have a good day and I'll see you in the next blog!
One of our coaches on our staff recently expressed his happiness when he made this adjustment. I thought about it and realized he had been playing for fun for basically his entire life, but unfortunately he never received the proper instruction and never made the adjustment necessary to do this.
Before I got to college I used to have a real wonky chipping style... I used to have an "open" stance, meaning my lead right leg was backed up or flared out. My thought process behind this was that I simply wanted throw my hands at it and take everything else out of it. The day I got to school for my first practice (years ago, and I'll never forge it) coached chewed my out ON DAY ONE, for my chipping style. Unfortunately with the way I was doing it I was relying solely on guiding the club face and being too stiff during my swing, leading a ton... A TON of inconsistency and frustration around the green.
I began presetting my weight AND shaft at that point. Below is a pretty visual of Tiger and the way his body moves.
What you want to feel is the majority of the weight on your front leg with your back foot taken out of it. "Pretend like your back foot is hurt or limp." While yes that might be a good thought process to have, be sure that it is only "limp" at setup. Once you begin your transition to that down swing it is imperative that your back foot is now allowing your hips to rotate and clear.
It's important to note that when you preset your shaft forward that your goal is to hopefully return to that position and not get too "handsy" where your club face starts to lead in front of your hands. If you find that you are presetting your shaft forward -- forward shaft lean and your hands are still falling behind your club face make sure you are not over shifting your weight. Some people tend to want to rock their weight creating a "tempo" that is not what we are looking for when trying to chip it close.
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