HIGHS AND LOWS

MASTER THE HIGH AND LOW CHIPS AND PITCHES FOR LOWERING SCORING

The ability to hit greenside approach shots both high and low is vitally important with respect to getting the ball close to the hole as well as making up and downs. Your short game needs to be multi-dimensional in order to be able to successfully navigate your way around the many different circumstances you might find yourself in during a round. This means being able to hit shots that are low, getting the ball onto the green and rolling to a flag. It also means being able to loft the ball higher, in order to have it land on the green with minimal roll.

 

Hitting high soft shots and low running shots isn’t as hard as many golfers make it. With a few small adjustments you will be on your way to more up and downs, and better scores!

The Low pitch/Chip

First, let’s look at the low shot. This needs to be a staple in every golfers’ repertoire. Starting with the set up, make sure that the ball is placed towards the back of your stance. You will see the ball positioned off the inside of my back foot.

 

Also, make sure your stance is narrow! I often see amateurs struggling with their short game, and using the same stance they use with their full swing. A wide stance will make the club approach the ball on a shallow angle of attack. This is a guaranteed way to hit fat or thin greenside approach shots.

 

Next, you need to focus on how the club and hands work through impact. You need to keep the handle of the club slightly in front of the club head through impact. But be careful! Keeping your hands too much in front of the club head will dig the club into the ground with the leading edge.

 

Most amateurs have a tendency to break down with their wrists through impact, and will chunk the ball in front of them or blade it through the green.

THE HIGH CHIP/PITCH

There is more risk when it comes to playing a more lofted shot around the green. This is largely due to the fact that this shot requires a larger swing, which amplifies any errors.

 

One common mistake I see with amateur players is that they seem to think that every high shot needs to be played like a Phil Mickelson hero shot. The fact of the matter is, there is an easier, more reliable way to play high lob shots.

 

Start with playing your ball position slightly forward of center. Open your club face slightly.

 

Notice in the picture above that the shaft of my club is almost straight up and down. Your goal is to try and return it to the same shaft position at impact. This will allow you to hit the ball with the “true loft” of the club.

There is more risk when it comes to playing a more lofted shot around the green. This is largely due to the fact that this shot requires a larger swing, which amplifies any errors.

 

One common mistake I see with amateur players is that they seem to think that every high shot needs to be played like a Phil Mickelson hero shot. The fact of the matter is, there is an easier, more reliable way to play high lob shots.

 

Start with playing your ball position slightly forward of center. Open your club face slightly.

 

Notice in the picture above that the shaft of my club is almost straight up and down. Your goal is to try and return it to the same shaft position at impact. This will allow you to hit the ball with the “true loft” of the club.

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