Chipping From Off The Green: The Classic Biter Shot   

The "Biter" is a classic chip shot that is the shot you want to play when you have "very little green to work with", as they say on golf sporting commentaries.  

What that means is that there is very little room between the edge of the green and the hole on the side where your ball rests and your typical chip shot will not be enough to get the results you are after.  

Instead, you must use a little bit of strategy and imagination to get the shot cleared. From using an unlikely club to changing up your swing stance, the following set up will help you master this scenario on the course.

The Best Club Choice

Play this shot with a sand wedge or, if you carry one and the distance is appropriate, a lob wedge. The lob wedge is a weird club. If you have one, you should spend some time figuring how far you can hit it with various lengths of swing. 

We say "weird" because sometimes it's hard to believe you can make such a long swing and produce such a short shot. Another thing that makes the lob wedge somewhat awkward is that poor players often try to hit it too far.  

You have to know your maximum comfortable distance with this club - the distance of shot you can play without overswinging - or you're going to produce a lot of frustrating results.

You'll get maximum loft out of the club by playing the ball forward in your stance. By forward we are talking about just slightly left of the center of your body. Any further forward than that and you bring the possibility of a skulled shot into play.

Set your body slightly open to the target. This means that your shoulders, hips, knees, and feet should be parallel to a line that runs from your ball to a point slightly left of your target.

Depending upon the length of the shot you want to produce, make the following adjustments:  

The longer the shot, the wider your stance and the higher up on the grip you hold the club. The shorter the shot, the more narrow your stance and the more you should choke down on the club.
Swing the club along your shoulder line, making sure to complete the follow-through. When you follow through, here is a checkpoint: The knuckles on your left hand should be facing the sky when you've finished swinging.

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