30 Jun '12, 12pm

Have you been told to keep your "hands ahead" while chipping and pitching? It's KILLING your short game.

Have you been told to keep your "hands ahead" while chipping and pitching? It's KILLING your short game.

Most golfers have been taught to chip by pushing their hands ahead of the ball at address, then dragging the handle through impact with the hands leading the clubhead. The thinking is, this creates a downward strike for solid contact. But trying to keep the hands ahead often causes the left arm to pull the butt end of the club away from center, which actually makes it harder to catch the ball flush. The best chippers make a small pivot or body turn toward the target as they swing through. This helps keep the arms and body moving in sync. To groove this, try my tee drill: Stick a tee in the butt end of the grip, set up with the tee pointing just forward of your belly button, and keep it pointing at that spot throughout the swing. Play the ball slightly back in your stance, and put more weight on your left side. As you swing, retain the triangle formed by your arms and shoul...

Full article: http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-instruction/2011-11/jim-mc...

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