Tom Watson: How To Handle Your Chips

Two ways to play any type of short-game shot.

Released on 5/5/2015

Transcript

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In this tip, I'm going to show you an easy way
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to control the trajectory of your ball,
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and it has to do with the left hand grip.
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Well I'm gonna chip this two different ways
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with two different left hand positions on the club.
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The first position is going to be what I call
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a weak position where the left hand instead of being
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in this position right here, I'm gonna take the left hand
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and move it to the left and put the left thumb down
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the middle, put the right hand over a little bit.
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This is gonna create extra loft and impact
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making the ball go higher.
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Put the ball a little bit farther forward,
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weaken your left hand grip, make sure that, again,
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you still have that little hip slide right here.
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And this is what happens.
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Left hand right down the top.
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Ball goes up in the air.
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Now, what happens if you wanted to hit the ball
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with the ball rolling more, especially, this is a good shot
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for into the wind.
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What I do, instead of weakening the left hand grip on here,
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what I'll do, I'll strengthen it even more.
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I'll look down here and I'll see, maybe, almost three
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knuckles like this.
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And then, instead of playing the ball slightly forward
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in my stance, I will play it a little bit farther back
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to my stance, again, making sure that I have a little slide
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here with my hips, like this.
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This takes the loft off the golf club,
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but watch it roll now.
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The trajectory was much lower,
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the ball rolled, that's a great running shot for,
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especially into the wind, but anytime you want the ball
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to get on the green and run.
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