There is plenty of truth to the golf saying: “you drive for show and putt for the dough,” says Buck Deibel, director of golf at the Club at Boca Pointe, the highly popular non-mandatory equity country club in South Florida with variety of enticing golf memberships.
Golf memberships at the Club at Boca Pointe include Equity Golf, Annual Golf, Premier Golf and Sports & Fitness with Golf. Each membership is designed to provide members the opportunity to pick and choose what fits their lifestyle the best, whether or not they live in the Boca Pointe community.
“Many of our golfers lose strokes because of their short game. Hence, you have the saying about big drives and great putts. It’s the shots from 100 yards in that brings the score down;” says Deibel, “so, improving your short game is a great way to improve your score. Becoming great at chipping is an excellent way to prevent high numbers during your round.
A chip shot is any shot from close to the putting green that spends more time on the ground than in the air. In other words, the golf ball will roll more than it flies on a chip shot. The technique for chipping is fairly easy and straightforward. A chip is a short stroke; so, with the proper technique, there shouldn’t be too many things that can go wrong.
You want to make a slight, descending blow onto the golf ball to ensure solid contact. To do this, you need to set up in a way that allows you to swing your club into impact with such a slight, descending blow.
On chip shots, the golf ball should be positioned back in your stance. How far back? Set up with the ball on the inside of your back foot.
Your weight should be about 60-percent on your front foot and your sternum should be in front of the ball. Many golfers think they need to place more of their weight on the back foot, but that is a mistake: it will result in your spine tilting away from the target…and, that results in the lowest point of the swing happening behind the ball, which produces both fat and thin shots.
With your weight forward and the ball back, your hands will also be forward and on the inside of your front thigh. These aspects promote the descending blow to create solid contact. The reason you want your body open to the target is to prevent excess hand, wrist and arm movement, which causes too much rotation of the clubface. To keep the clubface square to the arc of your swing, make sure you have a little turn of the body back and through.”
Golf members at the Club at Boca Pointe enjoy taking golf lessons and putting techniques like these into use on Boca Pointe’s beautiful 18-hole championship golf course. If you are a golfer, we encourage you to inquire about golf membership at the Club by calling 561-864-8539 to explore the many options available to you, including both year-round and seasonal golf memberships.
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