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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Georgia Hall on Chipping (Video)

If you saw Georgia Hall's short game in her first UL International Cup match, you know that she can get it done around the greens. Here's a Golf Monthly chipping video with Georgia, recorded less than a month ago.



Most of Georgia's technique is pretty standard -- which you should expect, as most pros chip in a similar manner -- but I'm posting this because she does something a bit unusual.

Georgia chips her longer putts -- this one's around 20 feet -- with a 7-iron and uses a putting motion with her chipping grip.

Make sure you understand how her stroke differs from other pros. I've posted a number of videos where instructors recommend a firm putting grip for chipping. But Georgia is holding the club as she would for a normal chipping stroke. She just doesn't use much wrist action when she chips. Rather, she uses her shoulders and makes sure she swings with a good rhythm.

Note also that she's not in deep rough for this shot. The ball is lying pretty good, and she can get a lot of club on it. But she says the 7-iron is a safer shot than a wedge here. The reason is because the 7-iron's face stands taller so you're much less likely to mis-hit the ball. There's more room for error while still getting a solid strike on the ball.

Basically, Georgia has chosen to use a high percentage technique in order to give her a better chance to get the result she wants. Remember what she says: Most players will get better results if they land the ball closer to their feet and let the ball run out, rather than flying the ball most of the way to the hole and hoping to make it stop fast.

And she's an Open champion. She knows.

3 comments:

  1. https://www.golf.com/instruction/2018/09/14/ariya-jutanugarn-four-secrets-pure-strikes/

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  2. https://www.golf.com/instruction/2018/10/06/attack-tight-lie-chips-with-a-hook-swing/ Martin Hall suggests this for long bunker shot. Mike Bender and Joe Hallett also like this method.

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    1. Makes sense to me, Phil. A hook swing has a shallower approach angle so you're less likely to flub the chip.

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