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Friday, August 19, 2016

Brady Riggs on Consistency with Long Chips (Video)

A couple days back I did a post about how Justin Rose creates consistency with his wedge shots. Today I've got an older video (four years old, in fact) from instructor Brady Riggs that deals specifically with the setup and technique for long chip shots that dovetails very well with Justin's technique.

The reason I'm posting this is because of a question in the comments from Jeffrey. In response I mentioned a couple of things that are typical in a wedge shot setup -- namely, that I figured "[Justin's] stance is slightly open and his weight is slightly more on his lead side."

Since this is a long chip shot as opposed to one of the wedge approach shots that Justin was writing about, Brady recommends an 8-iron instead of a wedge for the shot. But note that he is still using the same basic technique that Justin uses. Anytime that you can use the same technique for a variety of shots, that will improve your consistency with all of them.

As you can see in the video -- and in the "frozen frame" of the video above, before you even start playing it -- Brady doesn't have his weight as much on his lead side as many instructors teach. It really is just "slightly more" on his lead side. And if you run the video up to the 2:16 mark, you can see that his stance is also only "slightly" open. These do seem to match the photos included in Justin's article.

One additional aspect of this video which I really like is that Brady shows how this technique works from an uneven lie, which you will likely see very often. Please note that it works just the same as the technique Justin's photos demonstrated from a level lie.

So don't be afraid to combine these tips from Brady Riggs with the advice from Justin Rose. They are so similar that they should help your short game shots from greenside all the way out to maybe 100 yards. And anytime you can use the same techniques for a variety of shots, you should get better results from less practice time.

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