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When Putting and Chipping, “Y” is Important to Know

When Putting and Chipping, “Y” is Important to Know

When Putting and Chipping, “Y” is Important to Know

Were you aware that putts and chips account for approximately two out of every three shots you take in this game?

When it coms to the short game, the handle is the leader and the clubhead the follower; and you should know “Y.”

One of 2nd Swing Golf Blog’s PGA Professional instructors, Greg Schultz, gives some extremely helpful tips on all-important putting and chipping.

Golf Y

Put a “Y” in your putting.

Putting

Use the following fundamentals for long-term success:

Take practice strokes while looking at the hole to allow your brain/computer to tell your arms the needed amount of swing. It’s like sonar “bouncing” the distance back to your brain and arms.

Place the ball in the middle of your stance so that the club’s shaft is vertical and the clubface is pointing where you want the ball to start (not finish, because 90 percent of all putts curve to some degree).

Place your shoulders, hips, knees and feet parallel to that starting line.

Now feel and imagine your two arms and the club shaft forming the capital letter “Y.” And swing back and forth attempting to create a backswing and forward swing of equal speed and length (like a pendulum),
and keep your Y in tact until the end of the stroke.

To get feedback, hold your finish and look for the Y. At home, face a mirror and look for the Y.

Golf Y

Annika Sorenstam knows “y.”

Chipping

From 1 to 10 yards off the green:

Take practice strokes while looking at the landing area to produce the needed amount of swing. It’s the same concept as with putting.

Line the ball up with the instep of your back foot to allow the club’s shaft to lean towards the target with the clubface pointing at your starting line.

Your lead arm and shaft should form a straight line. Keep in mind the image of a lowercase letter “y.”

Lean approximately 60 percent of your body (upper and lower) weight towards the target.

Swing back allowing for a slight upward wrist hinging to match the amount of arm swing. There should be no additional body movements, no weight shift, no hip turn — and keep your legs stay still!

This slight wrist hinging will change the shape of the y a little bit, and that’s desirable.

This wrist hinge serves two purposes, first it elevates the clubhead so that it can approach the ball from a more descending angle and second it’s not an unnatural “stiff-armed” swing. But… the image of the small letter y should still be pictured.

As you change directions to the downswing, the goal is to maintain the y shape as you add a slight hip pivot and weight transfer to the front leg.

Do not allow the clubhead to swing past the club handle. In other words, the y needs to be returned for impact and should still be a y as you hold your follow-through.

Once again for feedback, take time to face a mirror and look for the y.


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