How to Chip Better – Set Your Feet Correctly
Everyone would like to learn how to chip better. A few more up and downs and a few less mishits a round could result in 5 or more shots off your score. The way you set your feet is critical to success is chipping. The feet are your only connection to the ground during a golf shot. They provide the base of your swing and keep the body stable. Setting the feet in the correct position will greatly increase your chances of making solid contact. Here are 3 things to do when when setting your feet that will result in better chip shots-
The chip shot is a short swing without much body movement. Therefore, the feet need to be close together to provide a stable base and to limit movement of the body. Having the feet close together also produces a more up to down swing resulting in the downward strike of the golf ball. This equates to solid contact. A good rule of thumb is to set the feet 4-5 inches apart.
Open to the Target
For a full golf swing it is ideal to have the feet square to the target. However, due to the smaller size of a chip shot, the impact position needs to be created at setup. By setting the feet and hips open (pointed left) of the target at the setup, the impact position is pre-set, which results in solid contact. A good rule of thumb is to open the feet and hips 20-30 degrees.
The goal in chipping is to create solid contact by striking down on the golf ball. Placing 60-70% of your weight on the forward foot is essential to create this solid contact. By leaning forward the natural tendency of the golf club is to work up to down, thus striking down on the golf ball.
There is your guide of how to chip better by setting the feet correctly. Keep your feet close together, open your stance to the target and put the majority of your weight on your front foot. These simple setup tips will produce more consistent contact and better results on the golf course.