How to use ball position to change the trajectory on your chip shots

If you want to change the trajectory of your chips, the easiest way is to change your ball position.

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The ability to hit the ball both high and low on command near the green is the hallmark of a good player. If you can navigate out of trouble or attack pins either by taking the high road or the low road, you’ll shoot better scores because of it. 

Placing the ball back will lean the shaft forward, which makes the trajectory go lower.

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While a ball more up in the stance will lead to a neutral clubshaft, which will lift the trajectory of the ball.

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You can see me hitting both types of shots above. 

If you want to change the trajectory of your chips, the easiest way is to change your ball position. 

For low shots, put the ball back in your stance. This will help your hands be more forward at address and impact.

If you want to hit the ball higher, move your ball position more forward. Your hands will start in a more neutral spot and return there at impact. 

I see too many players trying to open or close the clubface to control trajectory, which can cause inconsistent shots. Remember: The simplest way to change trajectories is to alter your ball position. 

One thought to help you practice is knowing where the handle is pointing. Forward means lower, and neutral means higher. It’s an easy way to get more versatile around the greens. 

Claude Harmon III is the host of GOLF. com’s “Off Course” podcast, a GOLF Top 100 Teacher and the director of instruction at the Butch Harmon Floridian in Palm City, Fla.

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