Fri Aug 5 2011Grant Garrison: Chipping made Easy and Fun
I thought this title would get your attention. The fact is you’re not alone as many golfers view chipping as difficult and painful. However, chipping can truly become easy and fun and you will be surprised how fast you can master it once you understand the problem and make a few discoveries.
The really good news is that mastering the art of chipping is a great way to lower your score and it only requires the right technique and a little practice. This article and video will give you the essentials you need to make a break through and finally enjoy this part of your game.
Most golfers experience two major misses when they chip, we call one the skull and the other the chunk. When you hit a chunk, you catch the ground behind the ball and your shot may fall short of your intended target. If on the other hand you skull the shot, your ball might go past your intended target and maybe even off the green. If this sounds familiar then read on…
Both of these misses are caused by the same thing. Your club is hitting up on the ball instead of down. The best way to fix the problem is by using a simple teaching aid that forces you into the correct impact position, you will build your new set up position and swing around this position; it’s the simplest and easiest way to master the chip shot. Watch the video below and I will show you how to build yourself a teaching aid…
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Why does this work so well? We learn best when we get correct and instant feedback, too often we hit an acceptable shot and believe we have it right only to find out later that we never did, this teaching aid won’t let you get away with anything, so it can be your worst nightmare or your magic weapon. It creates a learning environment that your body must adjust to.
Don’t resist the changes you need to make in your set up position and swing. The good news is this, when you can use your teaching aid well, you can be confident that you are doing some things in a more correct way. Experiment and explore these changes on your own and have fun discovering what works, then get a quick check from your PGA Professional to make sure you have it right.
The beauty of learning something in its simplest form is that we avoid instruction overload and can maintain a clear and quiet mind by simply focusing on the new feel. When kept simple we learn faster, retain longer, and find it easier to apply.
Once you have the feel of the basic motion, switch to your own club and start working on the skill of controlling trajectory and distance. Don’t forget to smile a little in your setup position, this will lower your stress level and remind you that chipping is truly Easy and Fun.
Story and video by Grow the Game Specialist Grant Garrison
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Grant Garrison began his career as a PGA Golf Professional in 1984 and won a dozen professional events throughout the following 6 years. He left his playing days behind to became a Golf Club Director and managed 2 exclusive country clubs in Southern California from 1990-2000. During this period, Grant was elected as a board member of the Professional Golf Association of America and managed several "Grow the game" projects.
In 2000, Grant accepted a position with Nike Inc. and created over 100 Nike Golf Learning Centers throughout the United States. His responsibility was to create and implement new programs and provide on-going training to over 400 golf teachers. This program became the largest and most effective player development program in America.
In 2006, He started his own business in Los Angeles, California. The company specialized in high tech golf instruction using the latest bio-feedback learning systems. The company also provided custom equipment and repair. The company was sold in 2009.
In 2010, Grant became the National Golf Team Coach in the countries of Bhutan and Nepal and is the designer of the highest golf course in the world located between Bhutan and Tibet. He now resides permanently in Australia.
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