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Practice Chipping Golf Balls Anywhere You Can

Practice chipping golf balls in your backyard, at the driving range, indoor golf dome, any field you can find or even using a golf practice mat in your basement. Just do it wherever you can to shave serious strokes from your golf score. Yeah, I know most of you are thinking he must be crazy, but take it from me it is the easiest, quickest way to lower your scores.

How many of you suffer from or have suffered from the dreaded chipping yips? You know, when your ball is a foot off the green and you blade the ball fifty feet past the green. Or you scoop the ball and move it three inches. Every golfer has experienced these moments, so don’t feel like you’re all alone in this.

Most chipping difficulties arise from poor golf chipping techniques. It is common for the average weekend hacker to try to scoop the ball off the ground. Though most of us know we should hit down on the ball in golf it just doesn’t seem normal. This often leads to having little confidence we can actually strike the ball properly and we change our swing right in the middle of it.

This never results in a positive outcome. So we find ourselves chunking, scooping or sculling ball and wondering how we could have been so stupid. One sure-fire golden rule in golf is commit to the shot. Anything less will more often than not lead to poor results. The first step to avoiding this is to train the brain.

The good news is the training requires only practice to succeed. When you repeat any process with success the brain will “recall” the necessary steps that created the success. Simply put, through success you gain the confidence required to attain that perfect golf swing. The really great thing about working on improving your chipping skills is how quickly you see results. The stroke is short, simple and does not require the effort or muscle memory required by a full golf swing.

This practice drill will help you tremendously to build feel and confidence.

Practice These Tips

· Choke down on the club shaft ~ By doing so this will ape your putting stroke and help keep your wrists form breaking. Use a palm grip (where you place the grip across your left hand from the index finger and through the middle of the palm). This will also help prevent wrist break.

· Don’t tense up ~ Relax over the ball and allow your shoulders to roll. There is no body turn to the shot. Just think of making a long putt. The object of a chip shot is to reduce flight distance and increase ground distance. Let the ball role to the hole.

· Strike with a descending blow ~ A correct golf swing for nearly every iron shot requires a descending blow which creates a shallow divot in front of the ball during follow through. Because of the short swing required by the chip shot you should not be leaving a divot if you are swinging correctly.

· Practice with a variety of clubs ~ Use these instructions with several lofted clubs and monitor the distance of ball flight and roll.

· Exercise patience ~ This will reduce your scores significantly if you work at it. Just a few times a week for a couple of weeks and your friends will think you made a deal with the devil. Once you gain confidence in you chip shot there will be no stopping you.

You can practice chipping golf balls anywhere that space is available. A golfer that chips well will reduce the amount of putts required to shoot a good score. With just 5-10 hours of work you’re sure to lower your handicap.

Simple Indoor Drills To Keep Your Game In Shape During the Winter

Master the three scoring clubs–the driver, the wedge, and the putter–and you’ll improve your game dramatically. With 14 clubs to hit, golfers often have trouble deciding which part of their game to work on. If you’re serious about working on your game, focus on the three scoring clubs. They have the greatest impact on your score.

Unfortunately, not all of us live in a climate where we can always practice outdoors. Even if we do, we don’t always have the time to go to a driving range and hit balls. That doesn’t mean we can’t work on the fundamentals needed to master the three clubs. We just need to do it indoors.

Below are several indoor drills that will help you master these three clubs. They can are done in almost any location, even your office.

Putter

There are three “musts” in becoming a good putter: (1) your stroke must follow target line; (2) your putter must remain square to the target line; (3) and your forward stroke must equal (or slightly exceed) your backstroke. The following drill emphasizes these putting musts. The next drill focuses on distance control, also a key aspect of putting.

o Drop two phone books on the floor. Position them far enough apart so that your putterhead barely squeezes through them. Place a golf ball between the books, assume your putting posture, and make your stroke.

Use the books as a visual guide to match the lengths of your backstroke and forwardstroke. Matching the lengths ensures a smooth stroke with perfect tempo. You’ll find it difficult to guide your putter between the phone books unless your stroke follows the intended putting line. If your putter strikes the side of either book, your stroke strayed off-line.

Also, mark your ball with a straight line. Set that line parallel to your target line. Marking the ball makes it easier to align the putter perpendicular to the target line at address. See if the line falls to the right or left of center as your ball rolls after impact. If it does, then your stroke may have deviated off-line or made contact with a slightly open or closed putter face.

o This drill improves distance control. Set or balance a ball (or a tee turned upside down) on a penny and putt a second ball to this ball so that it touches the first, but DOESN’T knock it off the penny! This one is SUPER TOUGH! Try various distances.

You should soon forget about the line and “making” the putt–distance control is everything. Rolling the ball to the target with an acceptable “sink” speed becomes second nature as you try to just touch the target ball.

Pitching Wedge

These drills can be done just about anywhere. It improves one of the most important parts of your game–wedge play.

o Find about 10 feet of open floor space. Put a small towel on the floor and stand about 10 feet away. Use a short, smooth stroke, keeping your hands ahead of the clubface. Try chipping 50 balls onto the towel. Practice so the balls land on the towel, not come to rest on the towel. Start with an 8 iron, then move to a 9 iron, and then to a wedge.

The more you practice the better control you’ll have over those short chips. Next time you’re on the practice range, try the same drill. Watch how far each club makes the ball roll on the putting surface. Now you’ll have more control over your chips under different conditions. After awhile, you should be able to nestle every shot close to the pin, or sink it!

Driver

Many golfers turn their hips and shoulders simultaneously when swing a club. Too much lower body rotation eliminates torque between the upper and lower body. Adding more backswing torque to your swing generates distance.

o Sit down in a chair. Spread your feet out wide and keep them flat on the ground. Hold a 7 or 8 iron out in front of you. Hold the clubhead with one hand and the end of the grip in the other hand. Raise the club over your head and rest the shaft across your neck and shoulders. Turn your shoulders to the right. Hold this position for a few seconds. You should feel a lot of torque along your left side. The turn your shoulders back and face forward. Relax and repeat.

Many golfers use their hands and arms only when swinging the driver. They don’t rotate their shoulders, sapping power from their swing. This drill helps keep your hands, arms, and shoulders in sync as you swing back and through.

o Lower yourself down to the floor onto your knees. Hold a ball between your hands and out in front of your. Start by making some small moves swinging the ball back and forth. The idea is to keep the ball in front of your chest as your arms swing and your shoulders rotate. Increase the length of your swing going back and through. As you reach the end of your backswing and forward swing, allow your arms to fold. Swing back and fold your arms. Swing down and unfold them. Swing through and fold them again.

These drills improve control of the three most important clubs in your bag–the driver, the putter, and the wedge. You can do them in your house or your garage. Each focuses on fundamentals you must master to take your game to the next level.

Indoor Outdoor Putting Green – Never Miss Another Putt With A Home Indoor Outdoor Putting Green

Are you tired of missing short putts that you know you should be making? Then I strongly suggest that you read this entire article about the benefit of an indoor outdoor putting green. If you invest in one of these today you can start nailing those shots that you know you should be making by tomorrow.

If you are anything like I used to be then the easiest of putts give you trouble. My number one enemy was on the 11 hole of my local golf course. I would always end up with a short 10 to 15 foot putt that veered to the right a little. I could not hit it my life depended. Every time I would bogey the hole, it was very frustrating. What could I do about problem?

I would practice when I had time to get to the course, I purchased and read countless books and guides off of the internet. Each book would tell me to do something a little different but as if I had not spent all that money I would approach the par 4 hole 11 and bogey it every time.

Thats when I decided that I was going to invest into an indoor outdoor putting green to practive my putting on. Let me tell you for a small investment you can practice your putts all day long.

Do You Have Problems Getting To The Course Everyday?

  • maybe you have to work
  • have kids and a family that you have to look after
  • school or something else that prevents you from going to the course everyday

Well an indoor outdoor putting green will give you the ability to:

Relax and Practice Your Putting For As long As You Want From The Comfort Of Your Own Home Or Backyard.

Grabbing an indoor outdoor putting green is all you need to finally start nailing those 10 to 15 foot putts. Before I invested in one like I stated earlier my putt shot was weak. I was not able to get to the course to practice all the time because of work.

It seemed like it happened over night, I was practicing on my indoor outdoor putting green that I set up to mimic the exact par 4 hole 11 at my local golf course.(The break to the right and everything) The next afternoon me and a buddy of mine went to play 18 holes. I approached the 11th hole and just like that I finished it with par.