Golf Tips With Mack: The 'Chip Shot'
A shot when you are just off the green is called a "chip shot". This is one that you want to get up close to the hole for a possible "one putt". After you have selected the proper club (preferably one with not too much loft) the important thing is to set up to the ball correctly.
First you want to move your hands down on the club a little (choke up) for better control. This is a finesse or "touch" golf shot. Next you want to position the ball well back in the stance with your feet close together. Play the ball off your right toe for a right-handed golfer. Also try to keep your hands in front of the ball both at address and as you stroke through the shot.
The clubhead should never pass the hands on a good chip shot. Most golfers try to "lift" the ball into the air...just let the loft of the club do the work and try to "brush the grass" during the stroke.
Mack McCarley is the PGA Golf Professional at the Antelope Hills Golf Course and a member of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.