Golf Tip: Stop the Scoop
A majority of your strokes during a round of golf take place on and around the greens.
On chip and pitch shots, many golfers make the mistake of trying to help the ball into the air by “scooping” it off the turf. When scooping, golfers allow weight to hang back which causes the club to approach the ball on a path that is either too steep or too shallow. To avoid bladed or chunked shots, practice hitting chips and pitches with your weight “parked” on your front leg.
As a practice drill, put 100 percent of your weight on your front leg and keep it there from setup through the finish of your swing. To make sure you’re doing so, set up and swing with your back foot off the ground, using only the toes on your back foot for balance. This will force you to keep your weight forward, letting the club swing down into the ball at the appropriate angle, which helps the ball pop off the turf.
Once you start to feel the crisp contact, you can bring your trail leg back into the picture, but still keep around 80 percent of your weight on the front leg.
Assistant Golf Professional Travis Cedzidlo
The Preserve at Oak Meadows
900 N. Wood Dale Rd., Addison, IL 60101