Short-Game Shortcuts

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Lesson 1: The Go-To Chip Shot

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Lesson 1: The Go-To Chip Shot
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OVERVIEW

Unless you’re a single-digit handicapper, chances are you’re hitting fewer than a handful of greens in regulation each round. To save pars, you need to have some short-game skills. One of those is having a go-to chip, a shot you can use from any greenside lie and that you can rely on under pressure. In this video, Golf Digest Best Young Teacher Mario Guerra shows you how to get the ball close to the hole when chipping.

SWING THOUGHTS

For a basic chip, take a narrow stance and lean your upper body toward the target
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When chipping, form a “Y” with your arms and the club and keep it intact as you swing back and through
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As you swing through a chip shot, stay level and turn your upper body through
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Chip with passive hands so the butt of the club is pointing to your belt at the finish
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DRILLS

The Putter Drill

  • Using your putter, set up like you would on a normal chip shot.
  • Narrow your stance, lean slightly left and focus on a dimple on the front of the ball.
  • Make a big putting stroke, swinging the “Y” formed by your arms and the putter back and through.
  • When you get the feel for this motion, grab a wedge and hit chips the same way.

Chipping Skills Test

  • Drop three balls in the rough, three in the fairway and three on the fringe.
  • Try to hit two out of three from each station within 10 feet of the hole.
Lesson 2: The Perfect Pitch Shot
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  • When to play this fundamental shot
  • How traditional advice can be confusing
  • Using a flashlight to perfect your setup
  • Avoiding common pitching faults

Short-Game Shortcuts

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Lesson 1: The Go-To Chip Shot
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Lesson 2: The Perfect Pitch Shot
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Lesson 3: Best Bunker Shot Ever
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Lesson 4: The High-and-Soft Lob Shot
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Lesson 5: The Ultimate Lag Putt
Short-Game ShortcutsINDEX
Lesson 1: The Go-To Chip Shot
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Lesson 1: The Go-To Chip Shot
  • Learn one chipping technique for many lies
  • How to stop hitting the ground first
  • Checkpoints to test your chipping skills
  • Drill: Use a putter to learn to chip
Lesson 2: The Perfect Pitch Shot
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Lesson 2: The Perfect Pitch Shot
  • When to play this fundamental shot
  • How traditional advice can be confusing
  • Using a flashlight to perfect your setup
  • Avoiding common pitching faults
Lesson 3: Best Bunker Shot Ever
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Lesson 3: Best Bunker Shot Ever
  • How to beat your fear in the sand
  • Controlling how hard you swing
  • Two great drills for better sand shots
  • A fun skills challenge to assess progress
Lesson 4: The High-And-Soft Lob Shot
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Lesson 4: The High-and-Soft Lob Shot
  • Learn to read the shot situation
  • How to add loft and get the ball to stop
  • Swing thought: Hinge and rehinge
  • Beware—when not to play this shot
Lesson 5: The Ultimate Lag Putt
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Lesson 5: The Ultimate Lag Putt
  • What great putters know: Stability is key
  • The four-beat rhythm system
  • Learn to play enough break
  • Putting drills to boost consistency