How to Chip in Golf: How to Improve Chipping Distance Control

So Why is Distance Control Important?

One of the easiest ways to drop strokes off your golf game is through improving your chipping. The average 85 shooter is faced with 13 chips, pitches and putts per round. The quickest way to break into the 70’s is to improve your chipping distance control and improve your up and down percentage.

Distance control is the most important aspect of chipping. Think back to the last time you were faced with a difficult chip and did not get the desired result. Maybe you left the ball 15 feet away from the hole.

I would bet that you did not miss the chip 15 feet to the right or to the left. Most likely you were short or long of the hole.  That is why controlling distance is so crucial. That is where we all have the most room for improvement, and where we can drop strokes the fastest.

Take the Test

Grab 10 golf balls and head to the practice green.  Pick a shot roughly 50 feet from the hole on a fairly level lie. Hit 10 shots to the hole and map out your shots. You might find them to look something like this.

Notice how most balls miss short and long, but the direction of the shots are consistent.

You will notice that most of the balls that are farthest from the hole are both short and long. The distance the balls missed from left to right was insignificant.

If the speed was perfect on each shot, most of the remaining putts would be less than 2 feet.

How to Improve

We have a great drill to help you hone in on your chipping distance control. The “Ladder Drill” will have you chipping closer than ever in just a few practice sessions.

The key is to constantly observe the distance you hit each shot and adjust. Having a set target for the maximum distance of each shot is important to get the proper feedback as you practice your chipping.

To watch the “Ladder Drill” video click here.  Or for more information on how to perfect your golf swing, visit for over 2  ½ hours of free instruction.

We look forward to you joining our team.

Rotary Swing Instructor,

Clay Ballard

How to Chip Better in Golf: Perfect Your Technique with the Rotary Connect

Have you ever been told you are too handsy when chipping?

Maybe you are flipping the club through impact? Have you been hitting your chips fat and thin?

You have most likely been given bad advice by a teaching professional, or playing partner that is leading to higher scores around the green.

In the last couple of videos we learned how having the proper setup and technique can help you shave strokes off your game from around the green.

Now you can learn how using a device that you most likely already have can make these moves seem simpler than ever.

The Rotary Connect!

I see people everyday give up strokes by using the improper chipping motion. The Rotary Connect will help you to use your arms and body as a unit and get rid of your flip forever.

The chipping backswing and full shot backswing are very similar. An easy mistake to make is to bend the right arm too early and over hinge the right wrist. This brings the club back too far to the inside and can lead to a lot of inconsistency.

With the Rotary Connect you can cure this by keeping some pressure on the inside of the cuff during the backswing.  This forces you to get a better shoulder turn and less arm action, resulting in a much more consistent stroke.

What about flipping? Well when you flip or “chicken wing” after impact your left arm is folding. With the Rotary connect securely fastened to your arms this will feel very unnatural. By keeping some pressure on the cuff with your left arm in the follow through you will eliminate your flip forever.

In fact it was just the other day I was working with a student that had a similar problem He was bending his right arm very early in the backswing, causing the club to go too far inside.

From there he was forced to get over active with the right wrist and flip through impact.

With just a few minutes training with the Rotary Connect his backswing position was much improved and the flip had all but disappeared.

So you can say goodbye to those thin and heavy shots, and look forward to winning a lot more money off your friends.

If you want to see the full video of how the Rotary Connect can make chipping simpler than you ever thought possible click here!


How to Practice Golf and Become Stone Cold Under Pressure

Have you ever wanted to be great under pressure? Learn how to practice golf properly and incorporate a bullet proof pre-shot routine into your game. Become the clutch player at your home course.

We all know that one player who we don’t want to play against when the stakes are high.  It seems as though whenever it means the most, they always make it happen.

If it’s a crucial drive down a tight par four, you know their ball will find the fairway.  If it’s a 6 footer to win the match, you might as well walk to the cart because it’s going in.

Their incredible focus makes you think they’ll hole every big putt and never miss a shot.

Every golfer dreams of becoming this player.  We’ve all thought of how cool it would be to be known as “the Iceman” at our local club.

The truth of the matter is that any one of us can be this player.  Like the rest of your golf game, it all comes down to how you practice.  Having the proper pre-shot routine may be one of the most important factors in becoming your clubs “go to” guy.

Golf is just like anything else.  You perform how you prepare to perform.

If you’re unorganized, unstructured, and have a very lax practice routine, it will show under pressure.

Notice how great pressure players like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus seem exactly the same whether it’s the first hole of a four day tournament or the last hole to win the masters.  Their walk, pace, and especially pre-shot routine never waver.

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Tiger stays focused by always using the same pre-shot routine.

Building a great pre-shot routine is all about simplicity.  It should not be complicated or overly lengthy.  Keep it short and sweet.

I recommend standing behind the ball and taking one practice swing.  As you’re taking this practice swing, you want to be visualizing the type of shot that you’ll be playing.

After your practice swing, take a deep breath from behind the ball and play the shot in your mind’s eye, seeing the entire flight of the ball.

Next, you want to address the ball, placing the club behind the ball first, and then use whatever system you have developed to get yourself properly aligned.  Take one more look at your target and pull the trigger.  It’s that simple.

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Justin Rose is visualizing his shot here.

Most people get into trouble by ditching their pre-shot routine when the stakes get high.

They often rush through their routine, not taking the proper amount of time to visualize the shot.  Even worse, they sometimes take twice as much time and extra practice swings, allowing time for negative thoughts to envelope their mind.

The key is to practice just as you will perform.  Develop a simple and effective pre-shot routine and have it exactly the same for every shot, for the rest of your career.

Sticking to your routine will give you comfort in familiarity, and help to clear your mind of unneeded thoughts.  Become a master of consistency and you’ll be collecting more checks than you’re writing in your weekend game.



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How to Practice Golf Shots: An Introduction to Shot Shaping

Find out how to properly practice your starting line in golf. This is the first step to becoming a great ball striker and will give you much more control of your golf game.

What makes a great ball striker?  Power?  Accuracy?  The ability to work the ball?  What about controlling your golf ball’s trajectory?

In order to be a GREAT ball striker, you need to be able to do all of these.  That’s where there seems to be a large void in golf instruction.

There is plenty of information on where and how to position your hands, how to grip the golf club, and even where to point your toes.

But when it comes down to actually working the ball and controlling your shot shape, there is little to no information.

Here is a great drill to introduce to you “shot shaping 101”:

The first piece of controlling your shot shape is strictly directional.  Can we get the ball to start to the right, and can we get the ball to start to the left?

First, you should not be worried about how far the ball starts to the right or the left.  With experience and some practice, this will come.  This article and its accompanying drill are designed to help you decide the perfect starting line for any shot.

Golf Practice for Shot Shaping - Tour Sticks
Tour Sticks are perfect for this drill.

The only equipment you will need are two golf alignment rods.  These are graphite sticks that are slightly sharpened on one end so that they can be placed into the ground at whatever angle you’d like.

We will need two of these:  One for your feet alignment and one as your shot shaping guide.

(Tour Sticks are the perfect alignment rods, and you can get them from our golf training aids store.)

Now that you’ve got your alignment rods, here’s how to set up your training station:

  1. Pick the target in the distance while on the driving range.
  2. Place a practice ball in the spot you’ll be hitting your shots.
  3. Now place your first alignment rod between the ball that will be hit and your feet.  Point this rod toward the target in the distance.  This will give you a frame of reference to help you line your feet parallel to the target.
  4. Now take your second rod and place it six or seven feet in front of the ball to be struck, directly in line with your target.  If placed properly, a dead straight shot toward the target will hit this rod.

Now it’s time for the fun part!

For the sake of this article, we will assume that there are two types of shots: shots that start to the right and shots that start to the left.

As mentioned before, we will not get into the details of how much to start the ball to the left or the right in this initial drill.  The first shot we will practice will start to the left.

To start a shot to the left of your target line, focus on the club head moving from right to left of the target line, if looking from the down-the-line view.

Ideally, you would like to have the face pointing the same direction the club is moving. Having the face slightly open or closed is fine for now and will only produce a slight fade or draw.

The goal is only to start the ball to the left of the stick placed in front of your ball.

To start a ball to the right, we will make the opposite motion.   We now want to swing from left to right through the ball (if looking from down the target line).

The more your club is moving toward the right, the farther it will start to the right of the alignment stick, all else equal.

So let’s get started with the drill.

I would like for you to set up with your feet parallel to the alignment rod on the ground.

Be sure you do not cheat and open or close your stance in order to start the ball to the left or right. Your feet, hips, and shoulders should all be aligned toward the target.

Now I want you to practice swinging to the left, so that when you contact the ball it will start left of the target stick and miss the alignment rod that you have stuck in the ground.  I want you to practice the shot until you hit one that misses the stick to the left.

Once you have done this, you’re going to switch to a shot that starts to the right of the target stick. It’s important to switch after every shot. This helps to re-create an on course scenario where every shot is different than the one before.

Keep your feet in the same alignment and hit a shot that starts to the right of the target stick.  Keep practicing until you hit a shot that starts to the right and misses the stick.

Continue to practice these drills, alternating from one shot shape to the next.  Once you have successfully started 10 balls to the right of your target stick and 10 balls to the left of your target stick, you have completed the drill.

Now you understand how to control the starting line of any golf shot.  You will have taken the first step toward becoming a great ball striker.

Check back on our blog for future articles on how to continually improve your ball striking.  In the future, we will go over not only the starting line, but curvature of the ball as it flies through the air.

We will also provide you with great drills on trajectory control and advanced shot shaping techniques.

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