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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Ian Poulter on Chipping (Video)

With the Match Play Ninja once again making his presence felt at a Ryder Cup, it seemed appropriate to take a brief look at his bag of tricks. This is a very short vid on chipping from a tight lie.

For the most part, Ian's chipping advice is pretty standard. Note that he grips down on the club and has his hands very close to his thighs, which means he's standing very close to the ball. That helps him make the slight out-to-in swing that helps him hit the ball cleanly.

His emphasis on visualization isn't that unusual for a pro, but many of you may not have imagined that he wouldn't just aim straight at the hole. That ball he placed on the green is clearly placed to show that he's playing for a fairly large break, and as the ball runs out you can see that the flag is quite a bit deeper in the green than you may have noticed at first. It's important to make sure you have a clear perception of where your target is!

If you look around the :57 second mark, you'll see his ball position from a face-on view. Notice that he has a VERY narrow stance and has placed the ball just about even with the big toe on his trailing foot. This might not work for everybody, but it's not that unusual for a pro. Combined with his gripped-down club, it gives him a very compact short game swing that helps him consistently hit the ball cleanly, even on a tight lie like the one he has here.

With all the technology we have these days, it's always good to remember that the "old ways" often hold up well against the hottest trends. Solid fundamentals like Ian's will always keep you in the game.

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