Around the Greens with Luke Donald

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Lesson 1: Chipping

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Lesson 1: Chipping
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OVERVIEW

Simple chips around the green are the heart of a good short game. In this video, Luke Donald shares his keys for becoming an expert chipper. He discusses the importance of a downward strike driven by the arms and the ability to adjust to different shots, plus common faults and how to fix them. With better chipping, your scores will drop dramatically.

SWING THOUGHTS

When chipping, grip with your top hand turned more toward the target
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On chips, play the ball forward, stand tall and lean to your front side
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In chipping, keep the clubhead outside your hands going back
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Hit down on chip shots, but keep the club sliding through on its sole
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Swing through to the left, not toward the target, when you chip
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On greenside shots, rotate your body through with the club
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Lesson 2: Pitching
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  • When you should play this shot
  • Keys to the pitching setup and swing
  • Understanding bounce and how to use it
  • How to change trajectory and spin

Around the Greens with Luke Donald

Lesson
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Lesson 1: Chipping
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Lesson 2: Pitching
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Lesson 3: Bunker Play
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Lesson 4: Half-Wedges
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Lesson 5: Putting
Around the Greens with Luke DonaldINDEX
Lesson 1: Chipping
1/5
Lesson 1: Chipping
  • When you should play this shot
  • Choosing the right club for the situation
  • Learning the proper stance and stroke
  • Controlling distance and direction
Lesson 2: Pitching
2/5
Lesson 2: Pitching
  • When you should play this shot
  • Keys to the pitching setup and swing
  • Understanding bounce and how to use it
  • How to change trajectory and spin
Lesson 3: Bunker Play
3/5
Lesson 3: Bunker Play
  • Learning the all-important bunker setup
  • Making the club glide through the sand
  • How to play from various lies and distances
  • Three great drills to get more sand saves
Lesson 4: Half-Wedges
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Lesson 4: Half-Wedges
  • Setup and technique demonstrations
  • Learning the secrets to distance control
  • Overcoming common half-swing faults
  • How to make the ball check up like a pro
Lesson 5: Putting
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Lesson 5: Putting
  • Developing a simple green-reading routine
  • Why alignment and posture are critical
  • Controlling putting speed and direction
  • How to give every putt a chance to drop