Hey it’s Doc O’Leary here with another free golf video for you. Improving your golf short game is all about consistency. Once you develop a consistent chip shot you can start predicting the trajectory and distance of these shot and start getting closer to the pin.
To develop this kind of consistency in your chip shots you have to eliminate bad habits.
One of the most pervasive bad habits is using the wrists during these short chip shots. Using the wrists introduces all sorts of problems. Yes, you may hit an amazing shot every once in a while if you use your wrists while chipping, but overall you will not be consistent and you’ll have a hard time shaving strokes off your golf scores.
This golf drill in this video is all about learning to chip with your pivot, not with your arms or wrists.
To teach this Bobby Schaeffer likes to use the concept of the “flying wedges.” To avoid confusion I’m going to go more into depth about what those wedges are. He explains it more fully in another part of this instructional DVD.
Basically if you put your arms and hands in the proper impact position (as shown at the beginning of the clip) the club shaft will make two very important angles (flying wedges) with your arms.
The first flying wedge is most obvious. There should be a fixed angle (wedge) between the handle of the golf club and your right forearm. This wedge is nice and wide. It’s stable and by maintaining this wedge you’ll also have to keep your right elbow bend and in toward your body.
The second flying wedge is less obvious. There will be a smaller fixed angle between the very end of the golf club handle and the underside of your left forearm. This angle (wedge) only exists when you are choked down on the golf club a bit.
By focusing on keeping these flying wedges fixed throughout your golf chip shots you’ll be forced to use your torso and core pivot to move the golf club. This is exactly what you want.
The drill using two golf clubs, one under your arm pit, takes this concept to the next level. It prevents you from using your wrists even if you want to.
By taking your wrists out of the equation your golf chip shots will start improving dramatically, and so will your ability to score around the greens.
For Better Golf,
Head Golf Nut, OHP