The 18th hole is a lengthy par 4 with a tricky elevated green. You’ve missed the green to the right on your approach. Your ball sits about 8 feet off the green in the first cut of rough. The lie isn’t too bad, but it’s a tricky shot.
The left-side pin is about 25 yards away and there is a tricky downhill slope leading to a bunker right behind the target. Unfortunately, your opponent, and nemesis, is in decent shape with a slick 20 footer for birdie.
Whoever wins the hole wins the round, bragging rights, and 5 skins. If you can chip this one close or somehow get it to drop, you can turn the tables and put the pressure on him. Of course, chip it a little too hard and it’s going down in the bunker along with your chances of getting those desperately needed bragging rights.
Are your chipping skills up to the challenge? Moments of reckoning like this come along pretty often in golf. It’s the times when you wonder if your game good enough to pull you through. On tough courses, under pressure, many of these moments come down to hitting a good chip shot.
If your chipping is not the best aspect of your game, consider adding a golf training aid to your practice routine. Golf training aids can help you maximize your results, especially when you have limited time available to practice. Here are some tips to help you find golf training aids for chipping that won’t waste your time:
1. Practice at home! You really can improve your chipping in your yard if you practice. If you are pressed for time, this is a great way to keep your short game sharp. Suggested training aids: a small chipping net for a target, and a mat to keep your lawn from looking like Swiss cheese.
Step off 2, 5, 10, 15, and 20 yards, putting a target at each one. To start, chip 10 shots at each target to get a feel for each distance. Then, when you feel confident that you have the feeling, Chip one ball to each target to simulate on-course conditions. During a real round, you only have one try to get it right!
2. Get a golf training aid that is some sort of wedge with a lengthened shaft, about 1 foot longer than normal. The long shaft will help you keep your wrist firm through the ball. This helps a lot with your consistency. Follow whatever exercises come with the golf training aid. It’s fairly simple but you have to practice.
3. Tempo is just as important in chipping as it is during the full swing. Get an adjustable golf metronome and use it to get a good rhythm for your chipping stroke. Also, practice your pre-chip routine because the rhythm in your routine is very important in pressure situations.
4. Get a short game DVD! Butch Harmon, David Leadbetter, Hank Haney, etc. All these guys know tons of stuff about the short game that can be very helpful to the average golfer.
Good luck and chip away at your handicap!
About the Author
Mike Gelhaus, once racquetball professional and published author for Racquetball Magazine, has turned his attention back to his first love, the game of Golf. He recently achieved a handicap of 3 only weeks before having to go in for back surgery. Hoping for a quick recovery and possible professional career, Mike Gelhaus is going to help you improve your game through the use of Golf Training Aids. To seriously knock strokes off your score by uncovering the golf training aids which will work best for you.