Use the Y for Chipping
A great way to learn to chip the golf ball close is to use the Y at address that I describe in my Perfect Connection Golf Swing Video. If you have not seen the video than I suggest that you do, however just imagine the arms and the golf club forming the letter Y at address.
This is the setup position for address for full swing, however when you are chipping I want you to imagine a small letter y. With our chipping setup we want our feet about a club head width apart and our hands ahead of the ball. Our hands will be off of our left thigh with about 80% of our weight on our left side. This setup for chipping is in essence our triple stack position for impact for the full swing but with our feet narrow. Even though you are learning to chip better, we are truly working on your impact position for the golf swing. Many people are able to hit the ball ok with their full swing, but struggle with chipping and pitching. This is because their swing is not built on solid fundamentals. During the full swing you have lots of time and space to compensate. During the pitch you have only half the time and during a chip you have only a fraction of the time to compensate for faulty mechanics.
Chipping and the Y Drill
If you are working on the proper swing technique than the pitch is a mini swing and the chip is just a mini pitch. There should not be any different thoughts or different techniques that are taught. This is one reason why the Perfect Connection Swing is great is because it is taught on solid fundamentals that work throughout your whole golf game. Full swing fundamentals and methods that are taught that do not stress the short game should raise doubts and questions immediately. If your full swing impact is different than chipping setup than imagine all the different shots you will need to learn for all the different shots that we encounter on the golf course. Our triple stack position at impact for the full swing is really the position we are trying to form at address for chipping.
Learn to form the small letter y on your chips and you will be well on your way to improving your full swing impact and thus hitting the ball with greater power and control.
Keep em Long and Straight,