1 drill that fixed this golfer’s inconsistent chipping technique

The drill that helped keep this golfer's torso turning.


When golfers struggle with their contact around the greens — whether it’s chunks, thins, tops or anything in between — it’s usually because they get too handsy. In a well-meaning attempt to get the ball into the air, they simply start trying too hard.

It’s a cruel turn of fate that trying too hard to do something is actually the worst way of doing it, but that’s golf. The good news is that once you embrace that reality, there are some simple things you can do to help.

For that we look to a recent case study from a GOLFTEC student in Cincinnati.

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As GOLFTEC coach Ashley Thomas explains, her student would tend to scoop the ball with his hands. His torso stopped rotating, the club would overtake his hands, and poor contact was commonplace.

So, Ashley had her student make short wedge swings while holding an alignment stick in their hands so the stick extended past their torso.

The point of the stick is that it renders it impossible to throw the clubhead with your hands. Your only option is to turn with your torso, which has the effect of keeping your hands more quiet and increase the consistency of your contact. Tracking the body movement with GOLFTEC’s OptiMotion technology, the golfer boosted their turn by 16 degrees through the ball and kept their lead arm straighter.

You can watch the full video right here:

Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.