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Chad Jones Perspectives Golf Tips Chipping

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The New Age Chip Shot

By Chad Jones

The average golfer has been commonly told in a chip shot to get the hands forward, move the ball back in the stance and keep their weight forward. The information that is left out is which body part to move and when, during a chip shot.

Here in lies the confusion for most golfers.

Good Posture

Good Posture

The most common result I see in my student’s body motion is moving their knees and hips first towards the target on the down swing. This causes you to have an over active lower body and inconsistent strikes on the ball.

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Bad Posture

The New Age technique is to have the hands and arms start the down swing and have your lower body hold and feel like the upper body out races it towards the target. The result will be your knees and hips do not move until after the club makes contact with the ball, and your sternum will be in front of the ball. Making the strike with the ball more consistent and repeatable.

The next time you’re out practicing try this tip to get your ball closer to the hole on your approach shots. You will lower your scores with a little practice.

chad-jones-headshotChad Jones teaches at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. He is a PGA of America Certified Instructor, Certifed Titleist Club Fitter, and has certifications in junior golf and golf fitness from the Titleist Performance Institute. He was named a 2009 and 2010 US Kids Top 50 Coach. Chad can be reached at ChadJones@pga.com for lessons.

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