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Nick's Tricks

4 key shots around the green...and how to drill the putt

December 2012
Nick Watney

Keep the clubhead in line with your hands.

1. BASIC CHIP

This shot gets real easy once you realize it's as simple as a putting stroke. Anything that feels awkward or like an extra movement is wrong. All you want is clean contact. To consistently get the clubface to strike the ball and then the turf, I set up with my weight mostly on my left foot. My feel is to keep the clubhead directly under my hands through impact. If the clubhead passes the hands, it means the wrists are breaking down and scooping at the ball. If the clubhead lags, the ball is going to come out low and hot. For more height, use a shorter backswing and a longer follow-through.
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