Chip your way to better ball striking
I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have taught many new golfers and believe that it’s best to start with the short game. Learning to hit the center of the club is very empowering for the new golfer, and is the first step to becoming a good ball striker and building confidence.
There are a few common faults that I witness many golfers make repeatedly in their short games regardless of their skill level. Fortunately, they are very easy fixes, and most students see instant results once the adjustments are made.
The first is the tendency for the golfer to set up with too much weight on their back foot and often times their hands behind the ball. This can cause the golfer to hit the ball “fat,” striking the ground before the ball, or hit it thin, trying to “flip” it with their hands — both common chipping faults.
As you address the ball, strive to get your sternum and hands slightly ahead of the golf ball and your weight primarily on your forward foot. Try to keep your weight on your forward foot and your hands slightly ahead of the ball throughout the swing.