The chili-dip is not nearly as delicious as it sounds. In fact, this rotten little shot can leave a bad taste in your mouth.
“Chili-dip” is golfer slang for a fat chip or pitch shot played from near the green. The club hits the turf behind the ball, which goes a few yards (or less) and comes up well short of the target. It’s downright maddening.
Golfers who chili-dip are usually guilty of 1) Trying to lift or scoop the ball into the air by flipping their wrists at it, or 2) Failing to accelerate the clubhead through the shot.
If you tend to overuse the hands and hit a lot of fat chips, this video tip has the cure:
If you think your problem is a decelerating clubhead, read on.
It seems the closer golfers get to the hole, the less aggressive we become. If anything, most of us swing too hard with a driver, hybrid or iron in hand. But once we’re on or near the green, we turn into giant chickens, deathly afraid of hitting the ball past the cup.
That’s a losing mentality. First of all, going too far is usually no worse than coming up an equal distance short. In fact, it’s better – by going long, at least the ball has a chance to go in. The biggest problem lies in what a tentative mindset does to our swing or stroke.
The club must accelerate into the ball on a chip or pitch shot – same as with a driver or iron. If the clubhead slows down approaching the ball, the best you can hope for is to make decent contact and come up short. More likely, you’ll hit behind it.
Of course, you can’t just flip a switch and change from a timid chipper to an aggressive one, right? Nope. That’s why you must build a fundamentally sound method that you trust. The key to chipping is a simple matter of making crisp contact. Do this and you’ll control the ball with proper trajectory and backspin.
Then again, even golfers with solid technique sometimes lose their confidence. If you’ve become apprehensive around the greens, try this easy drill to get your mojo back:
- On the practice green, set up for a straightforward chip of 20-30 feet. Choose the club and setup you’d normally use for this shot.
- Hit three of shots exactly as you would on the course, noting the length of your backswing and follow-through.
- Now hit three shots with a backswing half as long as normal, but with a longer follow-through. Don’t worry about where the ball goes.
- To make a longer follow-through with a shortened backswing, you’ll have to accelerate through the shot. Continue practicing this way, varying your distance after every few tries.
Which would you rather do: Chip the ball six feet past the hole, or chili-dip it short of the green? Chip fearlessly and you’ll find the results much more appetizing.