Instant Lessons with Mark Lye
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Mark Lye is currently the Director of Membership at The Old Collier Golf Club, and was a player on the PGA Tour for 18 years. Mark just finished his 18th year working as an analyst for The Golf Channel. Won’t you consider joining him and his friends from the Tour at the JDRF Lucas Cup. A pro-am event at The Club at Mediterra on Monday, March 4th. For information call Sarah Owen at 239 591 2825. I f you real ly want to improve your scor ing, i t is mandatory that you have your chipping game in order. Even tour ing professionals miss an average 5 greens per round! They are forced to Up-and-Down i t many t imes to recover st rokes. Most amateurs wi l l miss more greens than the average tour professional , so f inding a simple method for this par t of the game wi l l help lower those scores. Here is a simple t ip that wi l l make you better around the greens.
First, assess the shot, then choose the club. Once the club is selected, the “set-up” is always the same (photo 1). I want to make sure that my “Head-Hands-And-Ball” are in a relatively straight line. It is VERY important to have all three elements in a line. The next photo (photo 2) is the “impact” position, which is almost exactly like the “set-up” position. The “bottom” of the chipping stroke is always directly in line with the head. So, to get consistent solid contact, you must keep your head directly over the ball. If your head is “Behind” the ball, the bottom of the chipping stroke will be behind the ball. And, if your head is “Ahead” of the ball the bottom of the chipping stroke will be past the ball.
The next element of successful chipping I believe is to keep your hands in line with the ball AND your head. I will drastically illustrate improper hand location by showing you what “hands ahead” looks like. What this position promotes is de-lofting the club, thus, not getting proper height on the shot. A lot of teachers teach “hands ahead”, and I will agree that this is not a “bad” way to do it, but the ball will definitely take off lower and have more spin causing a skid.
The other “improper” hand position would be to have the hands behind to ball at impact. This hand position almost always causes a “fat” shot, and is never a position or method anyone would teach. The ball when struck from this position will have more height than planned. This is a very common problem for amateurs that are trying to “lift” the ball, rather than letting the loft of the club get the ball into the air.
So, the next time you are working on your game, make sure that “Head-Hands-And-Ball” are in alignment. You will become more consistent with your chipping stroke, AND, your ball will react with more consistency when it’s rolling towards the cup. You may even look forward to missing a few greens! Good luck, and great golfing.
Mark Lye is currently the Director of Membership at The Old Collier Golf Club, and was a player on the PGA Tour for 18 years. Mark just finished his 18th year working as an analyst for The Golf Channel. Won’t you consider joining him and his friends from the Tour at the JDRF Lucas Cup. A pro-am event at The Club at Mediterra on Monday, March 4th. For information call Sarah Owen at 239 591 2825.