Lesson 3 Chipping and Putting

Golf Guide for Beginner: Lesson 3

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Lesson 1 – You should have studied the basics

Lesson 2 – You should know what’s in the bag?

We assume you are still keen and up for it and  hope you have all your golf equipment, bag, clubs (14), shoes, correct attire and that you have under stood all the fundamentals. If not or you have any questions then do not hesitate to contact us. Suggest you print each lesson, keep them in a folder, so you can continue to refer back and cross reference.

OK this course is step by step – so please tell me you have started with lesson one which is the feature page / home page of the blogg and then gone on to lesson two.

If you have not done that the go back to start, there are no short cuts to learning golf no magic over night formula.

If you are serious about becoming a single handicap player, then let’s get the correct mind set, it is NOT easy it takes total dedication and commitment. It takes hours of meaningful practice. Which does not mean you stand on the range with your driver blasting balls in all directions? (Driving for show putting for dough)

The short game is hard because you have so many different scenarios’ you will be playing from varying distances, some time from the long rough grass, over trees, you will have many factors that come into play. You will hear the TV commentators say he has soft hands or needs feel to play this shot.

Believe me that level of control only comes with practice.

OK that should have you in the right mind set:

This lesson we will teach you:

Chipping:

Putting – Short and long putts

Bum and run (High percentage shot)

Chipping:

There are a number of different clubs you can choose for chipping first we select the pitch wedge.

Ball position:

(a)

Just inside your right heel will produce a low running shot –used when you have a lot of green to cover before reaching the hole.

b)

Ball centre of stance will fly over a few yards of light fringe, and roll up to the pin.

(c)

Ball just inside you left heel will allow the ball to fly high over a hazard or several yards of rough grass and on to the green.

Allow your arms to swing back away from the ball and feel a gentle cocking of the wrists, now with unhurried rhythm, allow your arms to swing and shoulders turn through towards the target, keeping your hands ahead of the ball, making the back swing and through swing equal length.

Your short game and putting are the key to low scores, you need to practice for hours to develop the soft hands FEEL that allows you to play a perfect chip, play with a soft ball.

Driving off the Tee is a thrill but only a small % of your game. More important is your short game, around the greens; this depends on correct selection of club and developing feel.

Shots from around the green:

Semi – short rough: Use your SAND WEDGE.

Or pitching wedge

This is a difficult shot very much a feel shot played with confidence, Practice the following but until you have perfected technique do not use in a competitive game.

From semi- rough with the ball sitting well down, Take your sand wedge, Open up the club-face, club-face pointing to the pin, open stance e.g. feet hips and shoulders should point left of the pin.

Then swing along the line of your body, allowing your wrists to hinge on the back swing. On the down swing rotate hips and shoulders through towards the target this permits the club head to swing down on an out-to-in path and accelerate across the ball producing a high flight path and spin to stop the ball on the green.

Shot must be played with confidence providing your club is under the ball at impact; the ball will come out high land soft and stop.

Until you have perfected the fore-mention shot best you stay with your pitching wedge. Trust the loft on the club, DO NOT TRY TO Scoop the ball out. Take a wide stance, take the club straight back in line with the target, and allow the wrists to hinge on the back swing, nice smooth down swing do not quit on the shot follow through – keep your head down, the 52 or 60 degree loft on your wedge will pick the ball up and out. Allow the ball to land before the flag and roll up to or in the hole.

It is the touch and feel shots that make the difference between an average player and a single handicap player, if you are a good short game player you will gain the respect of your peers, most of them will be able to hit long drives few can play a good short game.

Golf shots from around the green chipping or pitching.

You use the clock face as a guide to the lenght of your swing, but keep the same timing and tempo every time you swing, this will soon give you the feel for distance

Check the contours of the green this is in effect a long putting stoke and you are expecting to hole out. Think positive.

Ball position back in your stance, hands two inches in front of the club head.

Stand square to the target; swing as if a long putting stroke, smooth pendulum action This shot you need to consider many factors,

If you have an equal amount of short rough and green then use your pitch wedge smooth pendulum swing DO NOT TRY TO SCOOP the ball up trust me the loft of the club will lift the ball, all you need to do is position the ball back in your stance, hand well in front of the ball, stand tall do not move your legs just arms and shoulders, swing through the ball in line with the target. Hit to land the ball close to the pin.

Only a little fringe: and a lot of green to run up to the flag, then you can use a number of club with less loft, say a seven iron this same pendulum swing this time aim the land the ball on the green 50% of the way to the flag with sufficient speed to roll up to the hole.

Allow your arms to swing back away from the ball and feel a gentle cocking of the wrists, now with unhurried rhythm, allow your arms to swing and shoulders turn through towards the target, keeping your hands ahead of the ball, making the back swing and through swing equal length.

Just by never three putting you can save 10 shot

Always study the green, the contours, uphill, or down, how much you think the ball will turn.

Always try to leave a uphill putt in preference to a downhill putt. It is much easier to judge the speed. Line the logo on your ball with the target area.

Stand feeling comfortable. Keep your lower body perfectly still NO leg movement.

Check the line and contours of the green.

To prevent misalignment study the green very carefully. Your brain now has many calculations to consider, is the putt uphill or downhill, will it turn from right or from the left this depends on the contours of the green at what point will it start to turn, if it turns from right to left — then just how far right must I aim to ensure the ball drops in the hole.

Also consider the distance, length –amount of weight played is often more important than the correct line- you never want to three putt. On a long putt imagine a big bowl is the hole and you are aiming to get it in the bowl that way you will either get it in the hole or very close, at worst leaving yourself a tap in putt

Short putts do not ground the putter head.

Ensure your club-face is square to the target, the target is not always the hole it is a point on the green where the ball will start to turn, or run away down hill

PUTTING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT element in the game of golf – average of TWO on every green, if you are three putting then you will lose every game

Head and eyes directly over the ball do keep your head and body perfectly still, NO movement in the legs.

Keep your back swing smooth. Rock the shoulders arms moving in a pendulum like motion.

Take the putter back only a short distance and then accelerate towards the ball keeping the putter blade going through smooth and square in line with the target.

DO NOT LIFT your head until the ball is well on its way, on short putts you should hear the ball drop in the hole, not see it.

Practice your putting every chance you get, make your practice a challenging game, place six ball in a circle 2 yards away from the hole putt each one in turn you cannot go on to the next stage until you putt every ball in succession.

Next place one ball two paces from the hole and another ball every two paces from the first ball, putt the first ball then the second till all six are in the hole, this will implant the correct weight needed related to the number of paces the ball is from the hole

Long putts:

On a long putt hold the putter gently. It helps to point the logo on the ball in line with the hole or direction of play.

On long putts you can break the wrists on the back swing, also on the follow through this should give more feel.

Ball position opposite left instep this will ensure you brush the ball with a rising blow then the ball spins head over toe which help it stay on line.

Practice for long putts:

To develop a feel for weight needed, to ensure the ball travels the correct distance; this takes a lot of practice.

To train your mind you need to practice.  With the ball a set distance from the hole.

To do this on a flat green place at row of balls starting with one pace from the hole – then a ball every pace back to 15 paces. Start with the first ball, then putt each ball in turn.

Then when you play this will teach you to think in terms of how many paces the ball is from the hole.

In your mind add one pace for uphill; – take one pace off for downhill.

Practice long putts with just your right hand this will give you the feeling of the rolling ball.

You could also try to putt with your eyes closed this will enhance your senses and help you develop the touch and feel required to judge just how hard you need to stroke the ball for varying distances to the hole

Speed will take the turn out of the putt, you need to be confident of your line sure that you can place the ball dead centre of the hole then you can putt with pace, most players elected to play a slow ball and judge the amount of turn required. Practice both once you decide which method gives you the best average, and then always play that way.

Practice PUTTING as often as you can certainly in Preference to hitting ball after ball on the range,

Putting is the most important element in golf,

If you have a good short game and can putt, combined with good course management, you can play in the mid eighties.

Putting is the one element in golf that gives you the opportunity to develop your game to another level.

Bump and Run, A percentage shot, often less risky than a chip shot.

Bump and Run, ever since Tiger Woods played a three wood like a putter from the edge of the green, in the US open; there has been a change in every ones game.

Bump and run is a low risk shot, but still need practice to develop touch and feel.

The basic guide lines are simple. It is a putting stoke with an Iron.

Philosophy: Select a club with sufficient loft to carry the ball over the rough on to the green with momentum and roll to reach the hole taking into account all of the contours on the green in the same way you would for a long putt ,

The more rough grass there is: The higher the number on the club:  Some examples:

If the Flag is 18 paces from the edge of the green and the rough is three paces, take your five iron, take it back like a long putting stroke —in line with target (e.g. the spot on the green where you intend to land the ball, which for this shot 6 paces onto the green, with the correct weighted shot the ball will roll the remaining 12 paces to the hole – and IN.

The other end of the scale:  18 paces from the flag to the edge of the green, and 12 paces of rough then use your eight iron ( More loft to clear the extra rough grass)

Take the club back in line with the target, eyes fixed on the ball, do not look

up, hit through the ball in line with the target, which for this shot is 12 paces

onto the green, the ball will land and roll up gently into the hole.

You need to practice using the same basic principles with each club 4 Iron to 9 Iron,

It is not magic; it does still take a lot of practice to perfect.

But the short game is the key to low handicap and good golf.

Important make up your mind on the shot required NO negative thoughts, take the correct stance, one last look at the target area, hard down and play the shot, positive thinking in the hole.

This is still my preferred way to play shots on to the green, because I am set in my style of play:

Standard Chips and Pitches:

Not easy to follow but great tips. If you stand in front

Of a mirror and study /read what we are saying then

Practice till you can remember, your short game will improve.

Club face square – shoulders square

Feet & Hips open (Aiming left)

THE SHORTER THE SHOT:

The narrower the stance

The more ‘open’ the feet & hips aim (open means move your left foot back)

The more the weight favours your front foot

The more the shaft leans forward

(Means at address the hands / shaft is ahead of the Ball and

Stay ahead through the shot)

The more the ball moves back in your stance

The lower down the grip you hold the club

THE LONGER THE SHOT:

The wider the stance

The less ‘open’ the feet & hips aim

The more the weight ratio becomes even

The less the shaft leans forward

The more centrally the ball is positioned

The higher up the grip you hold the club

Now we need you to start thinking – course management.

Recap always think, visualize your shot and review course management, know where the hazards are.  (On a course that you have not played before buy the course map study every hole, note all the main hazards.

Aim to play tee to fairway –fair way to green always try to avoid the hazards, water, rough grass, trees, and the bunkers.

Allow for the unexpected hazards:-

Driving off the tee:

Maybe too soon to start teaching you how to play from the tee so just read and when we get to lesson 5 you will have it in mind.

Know what you want to do before you take the shot.

Always go through your Pre-shot routine.

Take a practice swing push back low to the ground, take away in line with the target until pasted the outside of your right foot, allow your wrists to cock naturally keep your head still eyes fixed on the back of the ball left arm straight full turn, weight transferring from left to right, DO NOT LEAN your upper body turns square, start your down swing upper turn back pull down with the left arm, club returning on the same line reaching the point of impact exactly the same as it was at address.

With your practice swing check the divot, it should be 90% on the target side of the ball position; your club should not touch the ground before impact with the ball.

To achieve consistent solid contact with the ball you must ensure the ball is placed in the correct position related to your stance.  That applies to all shots.

You need a high level of concentration as you prepare to take your shot. But just for a few seconds.

Do NOT freeze over the ball

When you start your back swing relax and switch into relaxed happy mode try to move with the balance timing and rhythm of a good dancer.  One –piece takeaway, push back with your left hand low and smooth in line with the target, turn fully, coil your upper body against the resistance of the lower body, keep the right knee flexed, left arm straight, complete the back swing, make a smooth transition, pull down with the left hand, butt pointing to the ball, open up your hips to the target on the down swing, keep your head still and behind the ball, hit through the ball, rotate your wrists, extend your arms towards the target, good transfer of weight and balance.

Develop feel; the club needs to feel just like an extension to your arms, Swing with rhythm- timing.

Important:

Throughout the swing your left hand remains in control push back with the left hand pull down with the left hand.

Do not allow your strong right hand to take control if you do you will never keep the ball straight

NEVER underestimate the importance of set up.

And pre-shot routine

Sure we would all like to emulate the pro swing. However work on your set-up first, then we go on to the swing later.

Commitment, it takes self-discipline, time and determination to get it right.

Practice set up in front of a large mirror, or the reflection in the patio glass. In front of a mirror there will be no hazards or wind, but still you train your mind to check everything as you prepare for your shot.

Step up to the ball. Arms and club stretched out in front of you, slowly bend fore-ward from the hips until the club touches the ground behind the ball

Take your stance the width of your shoulders. Aligned to the target

Check your grip,

Do not grip the club too tight. Pressure =same as squeezing a tube of tooth paste.

Club-face set square to the ball and in line with the target.

Club and hands must be taken back smoothly in one piece. Feel the club it is an extension of your arms.

Take the club back smoothly, low and in line with the target until it is past your right foot, then allow to arc up and around your body.

Make a full turn, left shoulder turning underneath your chin, left arm kept straight

With a good shoulder turn your wrists will cock naturally

The club must return on the same line, point of impact being exactly the same as it was that address, head still eyes focused on the ball, hit through the ball in line with the target, your wrists rotating, full follow through.

Your key objective is to maintain perfect balance smooth easy swing the weight transferring on the down swing from right to left, with the rhythm tempo and timing. IF YOU ARE LOSING YOUR BALANCE then you are swinging too hard and too fast

Objective to allow your upper body to turn, pushing the club back with the left arm low and in line with the target, weight transferring from left to right. DO NOT LEAN TURN SHOULDERS SQUARE, left arm straight a crossed your chest under your chin, allowing the wrists to cock naturally, at full turn your back should be to the target, the head of your club should be pointing to the target, your right thumb on the underside of your grip,

With one smooth movement start your down swing pulling down with the left arm body turning with timing, Do not allow your arms to get ahead of your body, you must return to point of impact exactly the same as you were at address, keep your head still eyes on the ball. Do not look up until after the ball has gone. Hit right through the ball your wrists turn right arm straight, keep the club going straight in line with the target, upper body turning; your belt buckle should now be pointing at the target, with your weight on the left foot.

It is a Macho thing to try and generate as much club head speed as possible, drive 280 yards.  But believe me if that ball is not on the Fairway you WILL drop shots, hit out of bounds, lost ball,  in the trees, in the water, in the hazard.  That is rubbish golf. Play Tee to Fairway — Fairway to green.

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