The Greenside Chip Trick

There will invariably be times when you find your golf ball extremely close to the hole, just off the green.

The last thing you want to do is putt the ball through a long section of grainy fringe.

Doing so can invite disaster because of the unpredictable direction that the ball could venture into. The wiry grass can slow down your shot and knock the ball off line.

Another option is to chip the ball through the long grass. However, this can be a daunting task because the club may be knocked off-balance if the grass grabs at it during the swing.

When this happens, the face of the club may turn when you try to swing through. 

Also, the ball may travel too far past the hole if it is located very close to your swing area.

The Specialty Chip Shot

These tough situations can be conquered through practice and confidence with specific short game techniques. This would be the perfect time to utilize this specialty chipshot. Here is how you do it:

1. Get into your putting stance and keep your front foot slightly open.

2. Make sure you are standing close to your target line.

3. Now hold the club in a vertical position, as you would a putter. The 7-iron is my personal choice here and works well. The club should be standing up on its toe, with the heel off of the ground.

4. Your grip should be the same as you would grip a putter.

5. Now you want to de-loft the club by positioning the ball in the center of your stance.

6. Swing the club back keeping the clubhead low to the ground with a slight amount of shoulder turn.

The Result

When you hit the ball, contact is made with the toe of the club. The toe causes the swing to slightly deaden the hit.

Due to a small amount of loft, the ball will ride the face of the club ever so slightly. This causes some overspin and helps the ball roll forward.

The ball should hop right out of the grass but remain low, as a standard chip shot would. Then it will roll softly towards the hole. Your goal is to have the ball roll for at least 75% to 80% of the shot.