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Beginner’s Guide to golf
In this episode of the beginner’s guide to golf we take a look at three very different Chipping and Pitching styles that are all effective. When practicing chipping and pitching it’s important to find a technique that’s comfortable for you. Oliver prefers a somewhat high shot with a lot of spin in order to stop the ball where it lands. This is commonly referred to as a Flop shot. For most people Flop shots are quite difficult to correctly judge distance. Oliver has been practicing this form of Pitch for so long that his ability to correctly judge how hard he has to hit it is quite good. Of course preferring a high Pitch shot does have it’s disadvantages when you find yourself under some low hanging branches around the Green.
Manny has a medium high flight on his Chips and Pitches. Like Oliver he prefers to fly his ball most of the way to the hole, but doesn’t generate nearly as much spin so he does experience a bit of roll out. Depending on the lie Manny will adjust by closing the club face a little more to promote more roll out, and a decreased chance of blading the ball. His Chipping and Putting style is very adaptable but less precise because it doesn’t rely on one swing setup. As a result his proximity to hole suffers a little, but he doesn’t have a situation around the greens that he suffers to hit from.
Cobe hits a very low runner with his Chips and Pitches. Essentially his technique is to fly the ball to the Green, and then have it roll out the rest of the way like a Putt. Like Oliver he uses the exact same swing for every Chip and Pitch. In order to effectively use this technique you have to be comfortable reading the break in the Green, and have a good understanding of how hard you must hit it to roll out the correct distance. Where this techniwue suffers is when you have to carry a hazard such as a bunker. The low flight will require you to hit a relatively firm sh