Tips for Her: Stop flipping at chip shots
*Editor's note: Each week, Megan Padua, a teaching professional at Maidstone Club (East Hampton, N.Y.) and Belfair Plantation (Bluffton, S.C.), and one of Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers, offers tips and advice for women golfers.
By Megan Padua
One of the biggest mistakes golfers make in their short game is trying to help the ball up in the air by flipping their hands. Releasing the club head too early can lead to chucked shots, topped shots or even whiffs.
Try this simple drill to get rid of the dreaded flip: Next time you're at the gym, grab two kettle bells in either hand. If you don't have access to kettle bells, you can imagine the weight of two kettle bells in both hands as your arms hang in front of you. Slowly swing your arms back and through, allowing the weight to keep your hands quiet and passive.
Notice in the picture that my lead wrist remains flat through impact while holding the kettle bells. Now take your golf club in your hands, and make the same motion. Pretending to hold the weights, the objective is to hit a chip and hold a low finish as you did while holding the weights. Hitting "kettle bell chip shots" will teach you to let the club do the work.