Now a Fix For You Chipping Troubles in Your Golf Swing – Cock it and Lock It!

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Let’s all take a moment and remember the last time you skulled a chip shot across the green at the speed of light. Then finding that you are down the hill on the short side of the green, facing the impossible shot with the potential of exactly the same thing happening again. So what do you do? You try not to hit it too hard and so you slowwww down the downswing and hit it fat….it moves a few feet and now you have the same shot only a tad closer.

Sound familiar?

If you have read any of my articles over the years, you will know that I talk about angles in the golf swing as much as any thing else. Angles are the power source, or at least one of the major ones. Angles are responsible for squaring up the clubface and they are responsible for the clubface angle to provide great trajectory.

Chipping mistakes almost always can be traced to poor angles. This means that, even though you may have created a great angle on the move away, you, no doubt, have released that angle early on the downswing and end up with the clubhead ahead of your hands..

So, let’s slow this down a tad. What angle am I referring to? It’s the angle of your right wrist to your right forearm. A bent back position.

Try this:

hold your right hand up in front of your face, the palm is facing toward the left, and you thumb is pointing toward your face, the back of your right hand is facing to the right. Got it? Now just bend your right hand at the wrist back toward your forearm. Note the angle you have created between the hand and the forearm. This is the angle that we are going to talk about.

The bent right wrist is an angle that you will see from only better players.

So, if the right wrist is bent back toward the outside of the forearm, what is the position of the left hand..for some it may be that noting the position of the left wrist will be easier to get to than the right wrist.. so the left wrist has a flat position.. that means that the outside of the left wrist or the back of the hand is totally in line with the left forearm. or slightly bowed.

Please understand that I am talking about being at the top of the backswing here.

also note that it’s a cupped left wrist that you will see on every driving range in the country.. this is not the position we want. A cupped left wrist requires some sort of adjustment on the way to the ball, it’s because this position creates an open clubface and it needs to be square or slightly closed for a good impact position to happen.

I am going to stop here. I know that a lot of folks won’t get this.. it’s ok. Some will. If your are sick and tired of skulling your chips across the green, you will find a way to get your wrists into these positions, it ain’t that hard to do. So at least try.. use small swings at first.. hit lots of balls with your wedges. Just bump the ball with a fully cocked wrist. Right wrist bent or left wrist flat.

So, cock your wrists and lock it. take that to the back of the ball. You will find that you will not be able to hold this cocked position at first, but soon, you will. Then you will notice that your hands are ahead of the ball at the impact position. When this starts to happen.. you win! Hit’em good

Source by Paul Macleod