A Drill That Will Actually Improve Your Chipping Technique
Hey guys, welcome. I'm John Novosel, Jr. for GoGolf365. I'm here with my good friend Marcus Westerberg, he's in from Sweden. Marcus is a golf author, entrepreneur, he's played on the European tour - he's done it all. I call him the Swedish John Novosel.
But we're here today to talk about chipping practice, and practice in general. Marcus, talk us through what the average person does, and what we might be able to improve on.
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The Problem with Standard Chipping Practice
Yeah, so what we see here, John, when we come to that short game area, is the standard routine for chipping practices. I got my three balls, a sleeve of balls. I pick a target, and then I go - One, and I keep going to the same targets.
Two, and then another one - Three.
This seems pretty good - but is it though?
The problem is that this makes me feel good, but it doesn't make me better.
How to Practice Chipping to Really Improve Your Technique
What I need to do, what you need to do to get better, is mix up your practice, add variation to your practice because the chip shot is more than just emotion.
More than just the emotion of swinging the club, it's about predicting what will happen to the ball, reading the lie, reading the shot, reading the green.
So what I want you to do now John, is you should pick three different targets: One target far away, one a medium distance, and one really close.
To get this variation for every shot, you have to read anew and practice these reading skills.
Because what I do when I hit three shots in a row, I turn that part of my brain off
Right - because when you get it on the golf course you're always gonna have a brand new chip shot. You're never going to get a chip beforehand to get an idea of what it's going to be like.
When I go to three different holes, I need to read; I need to turn that part of my brain on, how to read the what's called the pre information or the pre setup.
Wrapping It Up
So, here's what you're gonna do.
You're gonna go get your three balls, you're going to pick out three different holes, chip to those different spots, and basically look at your performance from that - not just how many balls you can get close to one hole.
So give that a try next time you go chip, and let me know in the comments how you do with it, but I can guarantee it's going to help you out on the golf course where it counts. Thank you Markus.