These are the 2 reasons you chili-dip your wedges

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Chili dipping a wedges is one of the most frustrating shots in golf.

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Every golfer has experienced a chili dip in their career. That dreaded shot around the green when the leading edge sticks in behind the ball and your club makes feeble (if any) contact. It’s an embarrassing shot and one that costs precious strokes around the greens.

From beginners all the way to pros, the chili dip a shot that we are all familiar with. Even World No. 1 Rory McIlroy had a chili dip a few weeks ago during the TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match. Luckily, the fix for this dreaded shot is a relatively simple one and in a recent Twitter video, GOLF Top 100 Teacher Jonathan Yarwood showed his followers how to fix it.

Yarwood explains that chili dips are caused by one of two things: The first is that your trail arm (the right of you are right-handed) floats out too far from your body on the takeaway. The other is that your front knee (the left for a right-handed player) buckles as you come into the ball.

If you are victim of a floating trail arm, try putting a headcover in the crevice between your elbow and your body and keep it there throughout the shot. If you are a knee buckler, make sure you post up, or straighten, the front knee when coming into the ball.

“(This keeps) your body rotating which moves the low point of the swing forward,” Yarwood says. “It’s that easy. No more chili dips.”

Zephyr Melton Editor

Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Prior to joining the team at GOLF, he attended the University of Texas followed by stops with the Texas Golf Association, Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all things instruction and covers amateur and women’s golf. He can be reached at