One of the most hated and frustrating golf shots is the short chip shot you fire straight across the green with very little height or control.
A thinned chip shot can have devastating effects on your score and your confidence when chipping on to the green. A thinned shot is one where the golf ball has hit the leading edge of the golf club, therefore producing no height at all and because of this the golf ball shoots forward rather than upwards. All the power that would have created loft now just creates forward momentum sending the golf ball across the green. This tip is designed to help you to create a cleaner strike with more accuracy and precision on short chip shots.
Fault - A player when faced with a short chip shot can often have the tendency to try and create height by increasing the dynamic loft by leaning back and scooping. The problem with this type of movement is that it leaves the leading edge of the golf club very exposed to the golf ball. This linked in with a chip shot hit on the way up equals a recipe for a thinned golf shot.
Fix - To fix the dreaded thinned golf shot, the golfer needs to apply slightly more weight favouring the leading side when striking the golf ball, to impart a slightly more downward blow into the golf ball when chipping. The first thing that needs changing is the set up position as this can have a huge influence on the impact with the golf ball. When setting up to a chip shot, make sure the first thing you have correct is the ball position in relation to your feet. To maximize the best level of contact, the golf ball wants to be placed in the middle of the stance or slightly forward of the middle.
From this point, address the golf ball with a fairly narrow stance to minimize lateral movement. Place your body weight slightly favouring the front leg (55%-60%) and keep the weight in the same place throughout the swing as this will help to create a slightly downward blow to guarantee a good strike. Once you have set up as above, focus on the swing and what should be used to strike the golf ball correctly. Work on minimizing the temptation to use the wrists too much during the swing. Aim to use very little wrist hinge during the backswing. Work on no wrist hinge on the way through. If you focus on brushing the surface with the bottom of the wedge, the ball will pop up into the air and will land softly on to the green.
Top tip - Make sure your backswing and follow through are symmetrical in length.