Speaker 1: All right, today we're going to talk about ball position and the chipping stroke.
After playing for many years on a lot of the continents around the world in professional golf tournaments, I've seen a lot of the best chippers of the world.
One of the common threads I'll see is ball positioning, is either middle or back in their stance.
One of their reasons they're doing this is to ensure, I call it ensuring contact.
The further back you put the ball the least likely it is to miss-hit the golf shot.
This is probably one of the most prominent things out of my students, is they'll put the ball up in front of their stance, and their goal is to lift the golf ball up in the air.
In actuality, you really won't get lift.
What you'll get it is a miss-hit.
You're going to hit the bottom of the face.
If you want to get lift, it's real simple, hit the center of the face.
The loft of a 54 degree wedge is already pretty high.
That's the actual standard loft right there.
If you're able to hit the center of the club face, it's going to go in the air.
If I have a student struggling with making solid contact, getting the ball in the air, I'll do a ball position drill with them.
It's called right toe drill.
What they're going to do, is they're going to put the ball on the right toe just to feel the concept of hitting down on the golf ball.
What this does is it drives the ball a little bit lower than a normal chip shot, which is fine.
It's a good way to learn the concept of hitting down on the chip because when it's back on your right foot you have no choice but to hit down on it.
Once they start to get comfortable with that, I'll move it up, more towards the middle of the stance, to where we can start getting effective loft, which is the loft of a 54 degree wedge, is effective loft.
Once they get the concept of hitting down on it, we move the ball up, they will still hit down on it, but they will notice is the ball is going to start getting up in the air a little bit more.
This is the area you want to live in.
That's the most controlled area, is right in the middle of the stance, so that the loft of the club is used effectively.
If you're struggling with making contact, work on your ball position.
Never put the ball up in your stance.
Try to always keep it in the middle, if anything slightly back to ensure that you make good contact.