A couple weeks ago, I talked about Kenny Knox's chipping and pitching techniques. The reason why I first reached out to Kenny is because his short game philosophy falls in line with what I teach in the long game.
J. Periman wrote in to ask if he needs to change his swing when he's around the green chipping and pitching. He suggested that keeping the same swing for all shots would make golf a lot easier. He's right, and I'll tell you why!
I have a question about chipping. When I chip, I take the club back to the catcher's mitt and then chip the ball and follow through. Should I open the club to the catcher's mitt like the PPGS swing or keep it straight on the back swing and forward swing? Would it not be better to keep the swing the same on all shots? It's hard enough to do one swing. To try and master 3 or 4 different swings would be impossible.
The answer to Mr. Periman's question is absolutely yes! The ball doesn't know who is holding the club, just like it doesn't know what club you're swinging. If you were to take the club straight back, you're actually bringing it back shut. Since there's no rotation, you're basically going to come straight down and be steep on the ball because your hands aren't level.
Your palms must be perpendicular to the ground. You still want to go back into the catcher's mitt toe up and into the forward mitt toe up. If I need to hit the ball lower, I'll put the ball back in my stance and get a little more forwrad, but I'm still going to maintain my rotation so I can square up and hit the ball solidly. This way, the ball will react properly when it hits the green.
A golf swing is a golf swing is a golf swing! Even on chip and pitch shots, you want to follow the same basic rules that apply to the full swing. You still need the club to rotate through.
Keep it vertical and knock it close!
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