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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Martin Hall's Drill to Chip Like Steve Stricker

Here's a video of Martin Hall and Sara Brown teaching how to chip like Steve Stricker. (Yes, I know he calls it pitching in the video but, as Paul Azinger keeps telling us, pitches use the bounce and chips use the leading edge. This technique uses the leading edge.)

At any rate, Martin's drill uses a tennis sweat band -- the kind that goes around your wrist, not your head.

The idea, of course, is to eliminate the flippy wrist motion that causes you to hit the ball fat and thin. You choke down on the grip a little and the sweatband holds the grip against your forearm so your wrist stays firm throughout the chipping motion.

This isn't a new drill, by the way. Lee Trevino also teaches this drill to help learn proper chipping technique... but he uses thick rubber bands instead of a sweat band. Same principle though.

And the nice thing is that you can use this drill inside, during the winter, when it's too cold to go outside. Just make sure you don't do it on the good carpets since the leading edge of the club will cut through and you'll have to replace them. (And yes, unfortunately, I learned that from firsthand experience so you don't have to.)

And here's the link in case you can't get the embedded video above to play.

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