For me one of the most difficult shots in golf is the short chip. Because I am trying to be delicate I tend to decelerate the club into the ball which makes it difficult to make good contact. This can cause my to duff the shot and want to smash my club into the ground!

For those that have followed me for a while now you will know that every Christmas eve I play a competition of par 3 golf with a group of friends. We call it the Christmas Cup. It is a great chance to catch up with friends to wish them all a merry Christmas but is also an opportunity to get bragging rights over them for the next 12 months.

One of the rules is that we are not allowed to use the putter until we are within a grip-length of the green. This means that there are lots of short and often very short chips required. The winner of the past three years is Aaron and guess what his best shot is.

The short chip…

It is fair to say that I have worked hard over the past couple of weeks to improve my short chip and I thought I would share a video I found really useful.

Many of you will know Shawn Clement and I found this video to be really helpful.

When you make the short chip shot you are essentially trying to deaden the impact and then let the ball trickle up to the hole. If you don’t get it correct you will probably either duff the shot or you will hit it too hard and leave yourself with a monster put for par.

The first thing is to use a putting grip where the club is in a more upright position. This allows you to almost use your putting stroke. The club will be closer to the body just like it would be if you had your putter in your hand. You should also grip down on the club slightly.

Now there is a slight difference in using your putting stroke with this shot. Your weight will be forward on your lead leg and your hands will also be forward of the ball.

A good guide to see if you have the club in the correct position is that the butt of the club will be pressed against the inside of your wrist as if it is an extension of your arm.

You then simply need to use a nice fluent putting stroke.

You will notice that Clement does not have and wrist break throughout the shot. There are many different ways to play this shot. Many will play it with a wrist cock but I found that this one worked best for me. The less wrist action involved for me the more control I seem to have over the shot.

One key is to trust the loft of the club.

Don’t try to lift the ball in the air. If you do you will likely blade the ball. By trusting the loft of the club to do most of the work will help you to accelerate through the ball. This does not mean that you accelerate to generate loft of distance. You just want to slightly accelerate through the ball. one of the worst things you can do is decelerate. This will more than likely cause a shot that makes you want to smash things.

As always, see what works best for you and let me know how it goes.


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