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For Better Chipping, Check Your Buttons

Set them ahead of the ball, and keep them there

June 2011

If you want to improve your chipping, you need to make solid contact by striking down on the ball. Your body position can help. Take a narrow stance, position the ball slightly back, and lean toward the target so your shirt buttons are ahead of the ball.

When you swing, make sure those buttons stay ahead of the ball. This will promote a slightly descending blow, with your hands leading the clubhead. It also will help eliminate the common fault of trying to scoop the ball--the main reason for poor chips.

DAVID LEADBETTER, a Golf Digest Teaching Professional, runs 26 academies worldwide.

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