Golf Tips: The Wood Chip
When your ball lies just off the green with no obstacle
between you and the hole, use a fairway wood. A 5 or 7 wood
is an excellent choice as they have enough loft to lift the ball
out of grassy lies. The long shaft allows a compact swing
kept low to the ground.
To chip with a wood, use either your putting or full
swing grip, assume a slightly open stance and tilt the shaft of
your club until it is upright. You'll have to stand erect
to accommodate the length of the shaft, but keep your weight anchored
on your front foot so you don't sway as you make the shot.
Using your putting stroke, keep the wrists firm at
address and through the swing. Let the clubhead swing through
the hitting zone as an extension of your arms so the clubhead goes
straight through to the target. You'll be amazed how much
easier it is to chip from around the green with woods!
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