If Mark Twain had been a golfer, he would have agreed that everybody complains about their chipping, but hardly anybody does anything about it.
It's a shame - the short game is arguably the source of quickest improvement for golfers at practically any skill level. Chunks and skulls around the green are among the most demoralizing on-course mistakes, but the technique required to avoid them is deceptively simple.
GolfPass' world-class library of golf instruction videos has dozens of chipping tips from some of the most respected golf instructors in the world, as well as top professional golfers who know a thing or two about nestling the ball by the cup with big-time tournaments - and millions of dollars - on the line.
Watch these five videos, take them to heart and you'll be prepared to save more shots around the green the next time you tee it up.
Phil Mickelson: short game secrets
Has any living golfer hit more spectacular shots around the greens than six-time major champion Phil Mickelson? His short game wouldn't be so spectacular if he didn't have absolutely sound fundamentals. In this video - #3 on GolfPass' all-time list of best golf instruction tips - Mickelson shows Martin Hall several key principles that every golfer should understand to improve chipping and all facets of the short game.
Erika Larkin: a chipping grip tip
Did you know that by gripping the club on chip shots the same way you do on full shots, you may be setting yourself up for failure? Above, Erika Larkin, who teaches out of Creighton Farms in Virginia, demonstrates why a strong grip is good on drives and approach shots, but might cause problems when you're trying to chip it close from just off the green. Erika's recommendation: neutralize your grip, especially with your leading hand, to take your wrists out of the swing and ensure more consistent contact.
Andrew Rice: how to hit crisp chip shots
Speaking of consistent contact, try saying "crisp chip shot" ten times fast. Luckily, actually doing it is much easier than saying it. In this tip, Andrew Rice, who teaches at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort in Georgia, demonstrates one of the keys to making solid, predictable contact on every chip shot: a proper follow-through. He comes armed with a simple drill that you can try the next time you go to the golf course. If you struggle to hit chip shots solidly, you may be shocked at just how quickly this drill helps you.
Rickie Fowler: a chipping distance control tip
With one of the best short games on the PGA Tour, Rickie Fowler is one of golf's most exciting players. In this video, he shares the brilliant way in which he controls his distance on chip shots. You may not have considered this before, but once you take it in, you'll probably be surprised at just how much sense it makes. Best of all, it's something you can implement to help chip it closer immediately.
Rory McIlroy: a specialty shot around the greens
In this episode from the first season of the GolfPass original instruction series Ask Rory, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy walks host Brandel Chamblee through how he approaches delicate downhill chip shots. This is a shot that can really cause problems for amateur golfers, but Rory and his fellow pros often make them look easy. You can, too - just check out this video to learn how.
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