The Golfers’ dilemma: to chip or putt from just off the fringe of the green! Better golfers, i.e., low handicappers, usually have more faith in their chipping ability, whereas high handicappers might feel more comfortable with the putter, says Buck Deibel, director of golf at the Club at Boca Pointe.
“There is no right or wrong choice. It is just a matter of preference,” says Mr. Deibel, PGA Master Professional.
“There are two key elements to consider. First, of course, is the condition of the grass from which you decide to putt. If it is smooth, with very little bumps, it might be worth a try putting, like even some of the pros do. Second, of course, is your own comfortable level with the putter or chip shot.
“If you elect to putt from the fringe or even slightly further back, depending on the course conditions, grip the putter using your normal putting grip. Set up as if you were going to chip the ball with the ball position off your right toe, weight on your left side, and the hand of the club forward at address. Instead of a normal putting stroke, strike the ball with a slightly descending blow. This puts top spin on the ball and causes the ball to hop which is much more effective when putting through the fringe. In most cases, you strike the ball with the same amount of force that you would normally use when putting from the green.”
You can try all the tricks of the trade on your own, but if you are like most, a private lesson makes it much easier to learn. Boca Pointe encourages you to leverage Mr. Deibel’s Master PGA professional expertise, or one of his qualified professional teaching staff, to improve your game. Call 561.864.8522 to set up an appointment today.
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