– Hi, it’s Piers, and Andy from Me And My Golf. We’re talking about the
top five chipping mistakes. Andy, don’t forget to hit down, and accelerate. – Okay, ball back, shaft forward, hit down, here we go. – Let’s take charge of your game. (upbeat music) – So thanks for joining us at the Leadbetter Golf Academy World
Headquarters in Championsgate, Orlando, Florida. And we’re talking about the top five chipping
mistakes that we see. Andy, we’ve seen quite a few over the years. Quite a few disastrous shots. I think it’s really important
that we talk through these, and give some remedies. – Yeah definitely. If you’re struggling with
your chipping then guess what? There’s probably going to be one of these, or maybe more, that you are doing. And we’re going to give
you some useful things that you can put into
practice straight away that’s definitely going to help. – Okay, so let’s start off with floppy wrists. – Floppy wrists, okay so — – Rubbish names, by the way, but they’re our names. We use them.
– This could be you. So floppy wrists basically, is when we just see a little bit too much independent movement of the golf club. So you’ll notice when I do this, there’s not really much movement
of the body going on here. So the wrists are sort of out of control, very floppy, and what this tends to do, it creates inconsistent speed, but also we create a lot of loft, and it’s so easy to catch the
ground before the golf ball. So if I play this shot, I’ve got my 52 degree here, if I do a floppy wrist shot, let’s say. You can see the height on that. Now it’s actually a pretty good shot. I should try doing that. – (laughs) Maybe you
should to that more often. – But when we get it
so high up in the air, it’s not really under control. Now I was lucky there, and I got a decent strike, but it’s so easy to almost catch the leading edge, and now I’ve cut across
the back of the green, or bottom out early, and actually hit it a few yards. So we really want to make
sure that the wrists are, they’re not stiff, they’re not really tight. They’re fairly soft, but they are in sync with the arms, and the body. So as I’m doing this now, I haven’t really got any
independent movement of the club. Everything’s working together. And here’s a great rule
you can have a go at, go down the golf club like this, get it on your lead side, and all you’re going to do is
rehearse a couple of swings, where you go back, and it’s going to stay on the side, through, and it’s going to stay
on the side as well. So this is encouraging
everything to work together. The wrists are very passive here, and as you can see, there’s no floppy wrists there. And when I hit the shot, notice the difference in trajectory. It’s going be so much lower. So I’ll hold my finish when
I hit this shot as well, but notice the ball flight. So, so much lower, and it runs towards the hole, which I really like. I want to make sure when I’m chipping, they’re rolling towards the hole. Much higher chance of
going in when you do that. – I prefer floppy wrists though. It was a better shot. – It was a better shot, it was.
(Piers laughs) – But that’s the thing, it is definitely more inconsistent when you do that floppy wrist. Okay, the seven iron guy, let’s go with that one. – Okay, the seven iron guy. So this is somebody who, really doesn’t change their setup when it comes to a chip shot. So we see a lot of people, they would play their
seven iron like this, and then would play a chip, and run like this. Now the issue with this is really, we got a wide stance, we don’t want that for chipping, we want control. They’ve also got the toe
of the club in the air. We don’t want that either. We want to see if we can get
the sole of the club flat. So, we’re going to go feet closer together, we’re going to get the shaft nice, and upright, we’re going to move close
in to the golf ball. So you can see now, this is a totally different set up. – That’s probably about four, or five inches close to the ball, isn’t it? – Exactly, and now it helps me use
the sole of the club now, a lot more consistently on the ground. But also, the fact that the feet are close, it means that my low point now is going to be so much more consistent. If I go wide, it’s easy to get a lot of movement. We don’t want that in chipping obviously. So, shaft up, close together, hands nice, and high, and from here then the chipping action is as
we’ve already discussed. Arms, and body, and club together. As you can see, I like that one again, rolling towards the hole. Don’t really want too much
height on these Piers. – Tell you what though, if this wind gets up anymore, you might need that
wide stance on this one. – I’m aiming left here as well. – Absolutely. Okay, so lets talk about the straight swinger. – The straight swinger, okay. So, on chip shots, this is a really common
one that people stand here, and think, “Okay, I need to swing the club
straight towards my target” So straight down the target line. The problem is to do that, notice what happens to
my shoulders as I try, and swing straight. The right shoulder drops, the club goes very much up in the air. So again, what we tend to see from here, – [Piers] Head goes back a lot as well. – Head goes back. Which means I can hit the ground first, bottom out, thin it again, and also we expect to see a
high ball flight again here. If I just demonstrate this I’ll… I don’t like doing these Piers, these bad ones. – [Piers] (laughs) You’re
doing them well though, look at that. – I am doing them well, but I hit the ground first on that one, and like I say, if it was a bit maybe wetter here that would’ve been a disaster. But getting the club
swinging in a straight line we don’t want. But what do we want? We want the club to swing in, and up from our target line. So from the down the line angle here, instead of swinging
straight towards the target, you’ll notice as I swing through now, the club works up, and in. It works this way around the body. If I can do that, my body will work through, my weight will move forward, and that will again help me get this nice contact on the ball. – Yeah. Let’s grab an alignment stick there Andy, because this is a drill that
we often get golfers to do. Where you just feel as
though you’re working away from this alignment stick
as you are swinging through. If you’re someone who swings
it straight on the way through, you’re going to be going up that stick. – So yeah, a lot of people we’ll
see are trying to this. We actually want the
club on the way through to work in from that alignment stick. So you’ll notice on this one how I finish. – By the way, the first time that you do this, the strike will be like, “Oh my goodness, what was that”. Kind of like that one. – I think I need those two
balls out of the way Piers, because I fancy one of these going in, I do.
(Piers laughs) – Okay, so let’s get rid of that. Let’s talk now about the dirt digger. – The dirt digger,
(Piers laughs) Okay. So the dirt digger is someone who, and you’ve maybe seen this before, you might be one of these, ball back in the stance, lean the shaft forward, and hit down. Okay, and sometimes that’s what happens. And if you do that the ball goes a yard, and you get pretty embarrassed, and then you’re faced with
exactly the same one again. – You bring your putter
out then. ( laughs) – Exactly. So we don’t want to get the
ball back in the stance. Now I’m not saying that you can’t play good shots doing this, but from our experience, we see a lot more bad shots
from it than good shots. So, let’s get yourself more neutral. Let’s go ball in the center of the stance, shaft pointing towards the belly button, fairly neutral with the angles. We’re not excessively
creating these angles here, shoulders are pretty level, and all we’re looking to do from here is not strike down on the golf ball. We’re looking to allow
the club to just land, and brush the ground. I’m not really thinking about the ball. Land, and brush the ground. If I can hit the ground even
slightly before the golf ball, but the shaft angle is more neutral, it’s going to glide, but if I do this, and try and hit down, that’s exactly what’s happening. It’s digging in the turf
which we don’t want. So neutralize the set about, shaft more at the belly button, and then from here, allow the club to just land on the ground, and as you can see there, a little bit of ground on that, but I’ve played some consistent shots. That’s probably the best one out of all of them so far Piers. – Played it through the gap beautifully. Don’t forget, it is left to right. If you had of hit all those
other ones hard enough they would of missed to the right. Okay so, last one, you’ve got to accelerate. Mr. Accelerator, or Mrs. Accelerator is
always accelerating. – You deceled on that one, have you heard that one?
– Of course. – You deceled on that one.
– You do all the time. – There’s not many people
I see decel on chip shots. So we get told, “Right, we need to accelerate”. So we go, and we see this so much. Look at the lower body here. – What’s he doing, hitting a 50 yarder? – Exactly, and it’s hard to control speed doing that. Remember, the acceleration is great if
you want to create distance, but we want to control it here. So as you’ll notice here, what I’m doing, back, and through, I’m not really trying to
accelerate here Piers. Almost just letting the club fall, and move with the body. The fact that the club goes up, and then comes down, means it’s accelerating. So we don’t need to
consciously be aggressive. And notice the legs on this. We don’t really want this
action on a short game shot. My legs as I’m doing this, this right foot is fairly quiet, the hips are fairly quiet. Everything’s really
working much more together. – [Piers] Let’s see you hit it then. – A bit of room there Piers. There’s a slight gap,
– There’s a gap. – isn’t there. – Can you get it a
little bit harder maybe? – Okay, a little harder. It’s into the breeze isn’t it. – Maybe accelerate a bit more. (laughs) There we go. Better for pace. – Not bad. Not bad at all. I’d be happy with all those, and I think probably I’d
knock most of those in maybe. – So, make sure you let us know, I know it’s embarrassing, but let us know, which one are you. Post down below. If you enjoyed the video, hit the like button, and don’t forget to hit
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17 thoughts on “Top 5 CHIPPING MISTAKES And How To STOP THEM! | ME AND MY GOLF

  1. Which one of these chipping mistakes do you make? Or do you struggle with something else? Comment down below and we will help you find a way to fix this!

  2. Great tips! Thank you. Looking back at it, I have done a couple of those chip shots a fair amount of time and had an outcome of what you said would happen.

  3. The floppy wrists actually work better then you think as long as you dont exaggerate it after contact. Tiger says the hands are the club face. Use your hands more, not your body… it's a 5 yard chip here people ha ha!

  4. Can you do a long irons vs short irons video? Setup, mentality, keys, etc. Congrats on the Golf channel show too!

  5. As usual with the pga, Leadbetter approach misses the main point which is going to target, all of those, apart from neutral ball position, which makes no sense, don't happen if you let yourself go to target. Plus, if players allow the focus to be, whatever, any of your points, the mind defaults to the ball =duff, thin etc

  6. I've probably been that 7 iron guy with the wide stance before. I do have a question though. Should the legs be that close even when using a longer club such as when you're aiming for a longer roll?

  7. I probably will do all of these at one point or another in a round so these are some good tips to work in this winter to be better prepared next season

  8. Pointing the face to the target and a little wristy, always neglect my chip and runs at practice time and work on flop shots too much.

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