#69 Web TV: Chipping In The Hole

Chipping in the hole!

Today’s tip is all about chipping the ball in the hole and getting the ball close to the hole.

In order to get the ball to go to the hole you need to line up the ball.

Now for obvious reasons (you can’t touch the ball off the green if you are new to golf) you can’t mark the ball and line the line up on the ball to go where you want it to go like you can with putting.

The issue I see that golfers don’t get the right direction for their chip shots is because they don’t take the time to stand behind the ball, like about 4 metres, and take their time to get the line right. I see many golfers just stand over the top of the ball, line their shoulders up with the hole possibly their feet and then away they go and chip the ball. More times than not their line is not correct and they miss the hole. Majority of the time I see those golfers blame their chip shot.

For example I was watching a group of ladies playing this morning and they did this very thing. Didn’t take time to line up their ball, didn’t line their clubface and feet line to where they needed the ball to go…then missed the hole and blamed their chip shot. It actually had nothing to do with their technique. Their chipping technique was quite good, but they didn’t take the time to line up, read the slope of the green and hence ended up with a not so good result.

I always say that golf is a game of accuracy and measurements. If you don’t have those two areas worked out in your golf game then you are going to struggle. That is just reality!

Here is the major point I am going to get a cross to you today…

YOUR CLUB FACE must line up with where you want the ball to go!

Once your club face is lined up in the direction, then you get your feet line to match the club face line.

Not the opposite, you don’t line your feet line up first then get your club face to match…YOU line up YOUR CLUB FACE first, then you get your FEET LINE to match your club face.

If you review the video above I have demonstrated to you with two rulers how you can see how to line up your club face and feet line.

What you will see is that I have lined up the club face left of the hole with a ruler over the top of the ball to show you the line, the direction in which the ball will go. I then place a second ruler down that will match the club face line, this is for my feet…you will see that both the rulers form a tram line.

The point I am making in this video is that you must be particular to line up your ball. You must take the time to line up the direction you want your chip shot to go! Which is of course chipping in the hole!

When you practice, don’t just wander up to the chipping green and just chip the ball for the sake of it. Start training yourself to line up to chip the ball to the hole. Start reading the green, take note of your surroundings. If you begin to do this in practice, it will begin to help you in competition time and practice on the course. This will get you to start focusing and being particular and precise to when you are lining up the ball.

Now if you can start chipping in the hole in practice, you can most definitely chip in during your competition time. You just have to spend the time yes…practicing it!

Also in the month of February I have another prize available for you to win. In order to be in the running to win this month, you will need to leave a comment down below to go into the draw. What could you win this month? You will have to watch the video…but I will give you a clue. It will help you with maintaining your energy levels on the golf course and help you focus better!

Here is to you chipping in the hole!

To your golfing success,

If you enjoyed this please do me a favour, share with your friends on facebook and please leave your comments below.

Tiffany Mika

P.S. Are you so frustrated because you just can’t chip the ball to the hole with consistency? There will be a reason for that…find out here how you can solve that inconsistency in your chipping game. Click here to find out how!

About Tiffany Mika

Tiffany Mika is incredibly passionate about golf and shares with you her knowledge about the game. She shows how you can have an exciting a life when you learn to play golf as you can travel the world playing exotic destinations and meeting lots of fantastic people who all share the same passion for golf.

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13 Responses to #69 Web TV: Chipping In The Hole

  1. Robyn February 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    All your tips and clinics are starting to work for me and my chipping is more consistent so many thanks. Robyn

    • Tiffany Mika February 18, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

      Hi Robyn

      Yes I can see what is happening and it is fantastic! Congratulations too for getting 41 points for your first comp game too!

      Tiff πŸ™‚

  2. Narelle February 12, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    Hi Tiff

    Another good practice/playing tip as always….question on chipping distances using different clubs. As a rule of thumb is there any basis to using a SW being 1:1, PW 1:2, 9 iron 1:3 and so on down through the clubs for lob to roll distance around the greens??

    Cheers Narelle

    • Tiffany Mika February 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi Narelle

      Yes there is a basis. The way I look at it is that you do the same action with each club hence the result with each club will be different. When you chip and run obviously the ball will run further if you chip with an 8 iron than a sand wedge. Rather than looking at it as a ration Narelle, actually practice the same swing action and write down the distances with each club…so that when you know your distance form the pin, then you will know which club to use. Hope that makes sense and easy to follow.

      Tiff πŸ™‚

  3. Glenys Ambrose February 12, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    Hi Tiffany

    Thanks for you chipping tip. The tip makes a lot of sense simple but effective I am looking forward to trying it out and feel sure my chipping will improve almost immediately

    Glenys Ambrose

    • Tiffany Mika February 18, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      Hi Glenys

      Thanks for the feedback. It is always good to keep everything really simple. Let me know how you go.

      Tiff πŸ™‚

  4. Jacqui Flanigan February 12, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Hey Tiff,

    Am still persevering with my chipping, now it all makes sense as to why I am slightly off each time I chip correctly. Must ensure my feet are placed correctly, thanks for the video, very helpful indeed. Will let you know how I go after I play at Monash on Thursday.


    • Tiffany Mika February 18, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Jacqui

      Glad you enjoyed the video! How did you go after applying it at Monash? It is all about making sure your lines are correct all the time…in all parts of your game.

      Tiff πŸ™‚

  5. Jane Davison February 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    Hi Tiffany,

    Really appreciate your tips for improving putting & chipping! Looking forward to practicing when I have my next round of social golf & in due course, practicing more regularly when I take the plunge & join a local club! : )

    thank you, Jane

    • Tiffany Mika February 18, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi Jane

      Thanks for the lovely feedback. Let me know how the practice goes πŸ™‚

      Tiff πŸ™‚

  6. Karen Quinn February 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    Hi Tiff, although it seems obvious, I now realise that I haven’t been lining up properly when chipping πŸ™
    As I was always so bad at chipping (in the past….) I was just happy to get it somewhere on the green.
    Now that my game is so much better, I need to focus on this as I am throwing away shots.
    Will try this on the weekend. Thanks Tiff.

    • Tiffany Mika February 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

      Hi Karen

      Yes just like all parts of the game…you need to make sure you are lining up correctly. Some people think they are pretty ordinary at chipping and such but then realize if they get their lines right, they are pretty good. Just keep working on it as I know you are focused and determined to make it all happen.

      Tiff πŸ™‚

  7. Theresa Holliday February 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    Thanks again for the great advice. Will try to always line up ball with club face first, then feet. Should see improvement from now on., Just have to take time to execute this every shot. T.

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