Drill Skills: Stop blading chips forever with this drill using loose change

January 27, 2020

There’s perhaps no more demoralizing shot in the game of golf than the bladed chip shot. The ball feels nearly as terrible off the clubface as it looks skittering dozens (or possibly hundreds) of yards in the wrong direction.

All of that is to say nothing of the embarrassment and frustration that accompanies blading a chip. You’re very publicly mishandling what should be a painless portion of your game.

The fortunate aspect of this very unfortunate affliction, says PGA Teaching Professional Erika Larkin, is there’s an easy fix. All you need is a pocket of loose change and a bucket. This drill is so easy, you might even be able to do it in your living room!

1) Place a quarter on the ground

Dig into your pockets and find a few of those old, silver George Washingtons clinking around. Place it on the ground toward the back of your stance.

2) Drop your bucket a couple of feet away

Two or three (or 6-10 feet away) is plenty of space.

3) Set up your lead edge

Place your wedge on the ground behind your quarter. Make sure the lead edge of the club is firmly and squarely on the ground directly aligned with the back edge of the quarter.

4) Start Swinging

Your focus for the drill is to keep the leading edge down while knocking the quarters into the bucket. The repeated motion will not only improve your contact, but also trick your brain into making the golf ball look larger, improving your confidence.

Who would’ve thought improving your chipping could cost you as little as 75 cents?

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