Instruction: Chipping Is Left, Left, Left

by Glenn Boswell (C.P.G.A. Professional) - Golf is an incredibly challenging game, from the physical and technical aspects through to the mental side of the game.


How does one remember how to properly handle the many situations they will encounter in a golf game?

One method that can be helpful for memorizing technique when it comes to chipping is to think in terms of “3 LEFTS” (for right handed players) or “3 RIGHTS” (for left handed players).

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In chipping for right handed players, the “3 LEFTS” include:

Aiming your body more to the left than your regular full swing set up.

Leaning on your left leg/foot in the setup, maybe a 70-30 weight distribution.

Hands and handle of the golf club are angled more to the left of the ball.

Although your body is aiming more left, the club head is aiming down the intended target line.

Keep that weight on your left foot throughout the swing and avoid transferring it back and forth.

This set up will create a more downward strike with the club, whether you are using a sand wedge, pitching wedge or a less lofted club such as the 7 iron.  

There is less chance of hitting the ball “thin” or as some call it “sculling it”, which will lead to more solid contact. 

There will be a minor follow-through with your body turn and the hands are still in front of the clubhead.

Your goal is to think of a 3 foot circle around the hole.  

Get your ball inside this 3 foot perimeter and you have a very good chance at a one putt!

About The Writer:

Glenn Boswell is an Associate Professional at the Glencoe Golf & Country Club during the golf season & the Riverside Academy during the winter season in Calgary, Alberta. Glenn is also a national evaluator for the PGA of Canada’s Teaching/Coaching curriculum for aspiring golf professionals. 

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