04-15-2010, 09:39 PM
Join Date: May 2006
Re: Golfers of RedsZone (aka War Stories from the Rough)
Originally Posted by gonelong
I have a shot I "invented", definately not something that a pro would show you. Besides, if you can consistently get to the green, then you don't have a need for this shot. If you consistently get *close* to the green, then you might want to give it a try. :-)
For those that have trouble running a ball to the hole from the fringe or just off the green, try this one. Most people pick this up in 1 or 2 swings of the club.
Use your Pitching Wedge.
Stand with your feet 2-3 inches apart, and roughly square/ (find a comfortable stance). Place ball about 4 inches *behind* your back foot.
Your grip will be above your knees, and on the top of the club/grip. The shaft of the club will be about a 45 degree angle from the ball to your hands. Basically the blade of the PW is now about a 10 degree loft now. Square the club by pointing the butt end where you want the ball to go and take a stiff-wristed, arms fully extended, no hip movement what-so-ever, 12" back -pendulum swing- 12" through, and scrape the ball off the turf.
It looks odd, no doubt. However, ...
It's nearly impossible to mis-hit it. Good-bye duffs, two-chips, fliers, skulls, and total lack of confidence. It takes almost no practice to learn, and almost none to maintain.
The ball will get no higher than 6" off the turf, hit the green and roll true. It's easy to align, just point the butt where you want the ball to go and pull the club straight through.
Not dissimilar to what Dave Pelz teaches at his schools. This ensures you to hit down and through the chip shot, not up on it. A little drastic, but like you said, it ensures a decent shot. This is good for people who really struggle with chipping, or are new to the game and get same to get the basic chip down.
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