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Well, that is a great way to start. I just spent the last 45 minutes talking to my phone that wasn’t recording.

But here is step 1 for a low chip. This is my 60° off my right big toe with a slight forward shaft lean. The blade is as open as I can get it. I set up this way for the high chip too, just move the ball forward to the left big toe.

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What's the idea on the way open face for low chip?  Is it to get a ton of bounce so as not to chunk?

 

Yes. I could smack down on that right there without a divot.

 

But I keep the face open with a low takeaway and a low follow through. I feel as my hands are out in front of my front leg at impact. That particular set up I was looking at 30-35’ of green. It gets no more than waist high, hits once and checks on the next. I try to carry that one dang near to the pin.

 

And you have to crowd the ball to keep it low. For a low chip or pitch I’ll use the “1 of my feet” distance from the ball. I practice the set up by making sure I am no further than 11-13” I wear a size 11 shoe. So anywhere in that range works great.

 

This particular shot is a high percentage shot for me. The trajectory might change slightly but it never gets above my head.

 

And with having the face wide open like that, your chance of a duff is low. There is so much bounce interacting with the ground that even my fatted chips still generally end up in a good spot.

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1 hour ago, Shankster said:

 


Yes. I could smack down on that right there without a divot.

But I keep the face open with a low takeaway and a low follow through. I feel as my hands are out in front of my front leg at impact. That particular set up I was looking at 30-35’ of green. It gets no more than waist high, hits once and checks on the next. I try to carry that one dang near to the pin.

And you have to crowd the ball to keep it low. For a low chip or pitch I’ll use the “2 of my feet” distance from the ball. I practice the set up by making sure I am no further than 22-24” I wear a size 11 shoe. So anywhere in that range works great.

This particular shot is a high percentage shot for me. The trajectory might change slightly but it never gets above my head.

And with having the face wide open like that, your chance of a duff is low. There is so much bounce interacting with the ground that even my fatted chips still generally end up in a good spot.

 

Interesting, so do you hit any chips with a straight face? Or are they all open faced for the extra bounce?

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Interesting, so do you hit any chips with a straight face? Or are they all open faced for the extra bounce?


Rarely. If I do it’s from a bare lie, or the stringy stuff.

Technically my “chips” aren’t chips. It’s a small pitch shot. The less roll the better. I’ve been working on some running shots, but it’s just easier for me to throw spiny darts. Sure sometimes they don’t do what I want, and run out. But I’m far more accurate with that over a roller.

It also depends on if it’s down hill or up hill, and what the wind is doing.

Down hill I will use some roll on occasion, or send it high with or without spin. The high spiny ones are my favorite for down hill shots. The dead ball flop shot I save for out of the rough. I do use the low one if there is a ridge or something to slow it down. If I am down hill going with the wind I’ll use a 52 and let it release a bit more.

Up hill with a runoff behind the cup I will hit the low checking shot into the slope below the hole. I rarely use the high one for up hill shots, unless there is a ton of wind into me... yeah completely different then what common sense says. But I’ll float a high spiny one flag high and just Kevin Na it and walk to the ball. Stops dead.
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Excellent content so far and I'm looking forward to the videos. How would you say you distribute your weight for this shot? Is it like Mickelson and all forward, or do you go for something like 70/30 or 60/40?

As someone who struggles with the short game, I'm looking forward to following along. Keep up the great work!



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Excellent content so far and I'm looking forward to the videos. How would you say you distribute your weight for this shot? Is it like Mickelson and all forward, or do you go for something like 70/30 or 60/40?

As someone who struggles with the short game, I'm looking forward to following along. Keep up the great work!



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Thanks!

Depends for the weight distribution. But mostly 60/40, sometimes more, sometimes less.

I really don’t put much thought into it. Been working on a quick set up and pull the trigger. The more I hover over a shot the worse it is.
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Reading through my set up thing. It’s not 24” from the ball.

One foot between my clubface and my big toe.

So 11-13” would work.

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Thanks!

Depends for the weight distribution. But mostly 60/40, sometimes more, sometimes less.

I really don’t put much thought into it. Been working on a quick set up and pull the trigger. The more I hover over a shot the worse it is.
Thanks Shankster!

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Good stuff!  Looking forward to the vids.

It would help in the pic above if you had an alignment stick outside the ball showing the target direction.

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Good stuff!  Looking forward to the vids.
It would help in the pic above if you had an alignment stick outside the ball showing the target direction.


Clubface is pointed at the target, stances is around 30°-40° open. The video was supposed to show all that. Whoops.
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Went back today to get some video. Wasn’t feeling it. Spent a hour working on my long irons, and woods, couldn’t get the full swing mentality to leave.

Hit some good chips, actual chips today with my 9 iron. I could make due with the rollers if I had to. But just felt off so I didn’t take any video.

Doesn’t help that the greens are fuzzy and the fringe is long.

Putting is improving a lot though.

I’m going to try and have all of my crap together tomorrow to get a fair estimate of my game.

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18 hours ago, Shankster said:

 


Clubface is pointed at the target, stances is around 30°-40° open. The video was supposed to show all that. Whoops. emoji23.pngemoji23.png

 

So what is the swing path? Does it follow the feet (out to in) or is it fairly square with the clubface?

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So what is the swing path? Does it follow the feet (out to in) or is it fairly square with the clubface?


Nope. Hard to explain. You know how Bubba sets up wide open and hits draws?

Well that’s what I’m doing with these. The ball is far enough back that it is collected on the out portion of the swing.

Now for the high one it is even more tricky. Open the clubface, lower the handle a touch it still promotes right to left movement, just ever so slightly.
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@Shankster I've been digging to China with my wedges for the past month and getting mildly irritated, so I went out and practiced this today during a little 9 hole trot and holy crap it worked wonders. I got lazy a bladed one on 8 but still stayed on the back of the green somehow. Other than that, it was straight cash homie. 

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[mention=69396]Shankster[/mention] I've been digging to China with my wedges for the past month and getting mildly irritated, so I went out and practiced this today during a little 9 hole trot and holy crap it worked wonders. I got lazy a bladed one on 8 but still stayed on the back of the green somehow. Other than that, it was straight cash homie. 


Glad it is working for you!

It takes a lot of practice to stay up with it. And a bit to get used to seeing that blade wide open.

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Also, [mention=69396]Shankster[/mention] thank you for this post and for helping teach me how to be a better lefty. 


Better Phil? I can’t hit left handed to save my life. Haha.

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