Short chips can be hard. You can chunk it. You can flub it. You can sky it. You can skull it. All from just a few yards off the green.
Talk about embarrassing!
What if you never had to worry about missing another short chip shot again? Would that give your game a boost of confidence?
Well…you’re in luck. The best players I know rely on a short game trick that most golfers choose to ignore, and today I’m going to share it with you.
Are you ready?
Instead of pulling out their wedge when they are just a few yards off the green the best players I know reach for their putter instead.
That’s right…the old Texas wedge.
When you’re near the green and you pull out your putter you’re putting yourself in a much better position to hit a good shot. You’re also virtually guaranteeing that you aren’t going to hit a terrible shot that leads to a blow up hole.
If putting from off the green is a new concept to you don’t worry. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be rolling it close to the cup in no time.
Set Up like a chip. When you’re putting from off the green you’ll want to use your standard full swing grip and stand a bit taller than you would when putting on the green. This will give you more freedom to swing the putter and get the distance you need to out of your stroke.
Swing smooth. Just like when you’re putting on the green you’ll want to make a smooth fluid stroke. Remember to control the distance of your shot with the length of your backswing and not the speed of your forward swing. Also, on longer shots don’t be afraid to let your wrists hinge slightly on your backswing.
Finish full. As your putter moves through impact don’t be afraid to turn your belt buckle towards the target and lift your trail foot off the ground slightly. This full finish will encourage you to use the larger muscles of your body to propel the club forward in a fluid motion, instead of getting jerky with your hands and arms.
There you have it - the full proof plan to never missing another short chip!