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David Leadbetter's Keys to Chipping

Golf Digest instructor David Leadbetter offers a fool-proof method to successful chips.

Released on 10/17/2018

Transcript

00:00
Now you might be very smart and well-dressed
00:02
when you arrive at the golf course,
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but you're not always smart when you play the game.
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I see so many golfers, who when they have a little chip shot
00:09
off the edge of the green from a very tight lie,
00:12
they automatically reach for the wedge.
00:14
Now I'm gonna ask you to go for a less lofted club,
00:16
like a nine or an eight iron and hit a little Bump and Run.
00:20
This is a shot that is particularly played in,
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in Britain at Links Golf Courses,
00:24
but any time you have a tight lie,
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this is something you wanna consider,
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so no wedge, an eight or a nine iron,
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which has less bounce on it,
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so it won't bounce into the ball.
00:33
Put the ball back in your stance.
00:35
Very narrow stance too, too many golfers
00:36
have too wide a stance; very narrow stance.
00:39
Lean slightly left, so your shirt buttons
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are ahead of the ball.
00:42
See, if I drop this club, you see where I am?
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Positioned ahead of it, and then with a nice light grip,
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have a couple of practice strokes,
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and hear that little clip.
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Just like striking a match, you gotta strike the match.
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You don't want to help it up in the air.
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Just let the loft of the club do it for you.
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But by swinging very smoothly,
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the ball will actually take off very low and run.
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You wanna pitch in terms of it
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carrying maybe one third, and rolling two thirds.
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That's about the proportion you wanna think about.
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So, ball back in the stance, weight forward,
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hands slightly ahead, and a nice little clip.
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So remember: strike the match.
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Use a less lofted club, let the ball run up to the hole,
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and your chipping will improve dramatically.
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