Chipping Stategy; #1 Most Popular Golf Teacher on You Tube Shawn Clement

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Close Shawn Clement, Director of the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre, and one of Canada’s Top PGA Class A Teachers, shows you how to get a whole lot more out of your chipping around the greens by showing you the best landing areas for your chips and which wedges to use; (more)


clemshaw says:

Have a look at my “short game chipping; shawn clement” and my “Downhill chips and chip yips” videos; this is talked about at length and you will understand why you want this and why there is no reason to collapse the right arm when there are no obstacles in the way; Shawn

mslu62 says:

Shawn . I had trouble for the longest time with skulling and chunking chip shots. I studied your videos on chipping trying to become a better chipper. Nothing seemed to rid myself of these embarrasing nightmarish shots. I came across something when practicing in my backyard that changed everything. This little thing made a world of difference and I have never heard anyone talk about this. Keep the right arm straight on the backswing do not allow it to bend. Do you have any thoughts on this ?

OnkaiMax Wong says:

Shawn, you are deserved to become one of the golf channel golf coach!!keep up the great works, thanks a lot!

OnkaiMax Wong says:

shawn, seriously i think you should now be on golf channel…..keep the GREAT WORKS GOING!! you will be the one!!!

geraldgreupner says:

I cannot believe you said what you said about the CC grooves. I just obtained a set from Terry Koehler at Eidolon Wedges this summer. People thought I was nuts. I love them. I rarely come up short and I can actually count on some anticipated roll-out. My scores have steadily been improving.
Thanks for all your good work for us.

David Schultz says:

i like the bump and run as well. but! sometimes the firmness and roll of the greens might be a little touchy about those types of shots, and you might end up zooming it off past the hole. so, learning to flop it a bit and check it up if need be is never a bad thing. the best advice for chipping is do what feels good to you. it’s just like putting, everyone has a different take on it. some people swear you need 4 types of clubs to chip with, others just use one and master it.

clemshaw says:

Good question!
The soft ball is for feel, so I still would recommend you use a ball that feels good; many to choose from that are not the high priced ones; I would not use a rock though, you need feel to play this game.

veryspecialsteve says:

does this mean you avoid using soft balls which promote spin? do you encourage using a really hard ball then?

clemshaw says:

This sounds to me like you are allowing the wrists to collapse after impact; the main reason being that you either let the weight shift in the backswing and need to lunge into the ball from a compromised position off the back foot; OR the body is stopping AT THE BALL causing the upper right arm to crash into the rib cage and the wrists are flipping at the ball…
See my “golf pro lesson chip yips and downhill chips” and “golf pro lesson coordinating arm motion with body turn” videos

Njenn says:

With my Pitching Wedge I typically find I must provide enough “hit” to carry the ball 2/3 in the air with a 1/3 roll out. With the Sand Wedge it is even more air time and less roll time. Given that the condition of the Green will have an impact; do you think I am just coming into the ball too steep? For a pitch from the front of your Green my ball position would be slightly back of center with a slightly open stance.
Thanks again for all you do!

clemshaw says:

I normally use those clubs for these shots (Especially now that the CC grooves are back) but your 7 iron scenario would be excellent from the front of the green; from close to the pin out of higher rough, I would not recommend though; thanks for the great comment George! Shawn

RedwoodGeorge says:

Shawn – For all of the shots you just demonstrated (just a few feet off the fringe) I have been using a 7 iron with a putting stroke. That loft helps me carry over the uncertainty of the longer grass and then it’s just “roll to the hole.” Mentally I approach it as a lag put and add a little more “oomph” because the initial hop will slow the ball down a bit more than a putt.

Did you chip from off the green to simplify the demonstration or would you normally use that loft for that situation?

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