2017-09-01 / Health & Fitness

Find the bounce in your setup

MARK MOFFATT, PGA


Conventional approach to chipping is to lean the shaft towards the target. 
Contributed Conventional approach to chipping is to lean the shaft towards the target. Contributed The conventional way to teach chipping has always been to play the ball back in the stance and lean the shaft forward towards the target (below left). The result is often a chunk behind the ball because the leading edge of the club gets caught in the Bermuda grass. It isn’t because you decelerated or looked up. It’s because your setup exposed the leading edge to the ground.

An alternative method is to find the bounce point, which is located on the bottom or sole of the golf club. When you find and use the bounce point, the club will slide along the grass more easily than if you use the leading edge.

To prevent chunking and find the bounce, point the grip towards the center of the body (below right) with your weight forward. By doing so, you’ve created a more forgiving bottom of the swing to help you strike the ball more solidly.


Point the grip towards the center of the body with your weight forward. 
Contributed Point the grip towards the center of the body with your weight forward. Contributed Mark Moffatt is director of instruction at Shadow Wood Country Club. He can be reached at markm@swspotlight.com


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