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Best Time To Use An Effective Golf Chip Shot!

Before we look at the best time to perform a golf chip shot, it is important for you to understand that there is a big difference between chip shots and golf pitch shots. In simple terms golf chip shots are one lever actions, and in many ways very similar to a golf putting stroke.

It is important to keep the hands and wrists quite and firm at all times when playing a chip shot, thus giving the flight of the golf ball a much lower trajectory. This in turn means that chip shots will tend to spend less time in the air and more time rolling on the ground to give you more control over the outcome.

A golf pitch shot uses a longer swing and a cocking action of the wrists (second-lever), making it a much harder shot to play, as there is more room for error. This encourages the flight of the ball to be much higher and land softer, meaning that the golf ball will spend more time in the air than on the ground.

Although you will see many professional's using pitch shots to spectacular effect, they will almost always prefer to play a chip shot or even a putt from just off the edge of the green if conditions allow. This is because putting will give them more consistent results over chipping and chipping will give them more consistent results over pitching!

So the best time to play a golf chip shot is firstly, when golf putting is no longer an option because of unpredictable terrain, long grass or other such obstacles standing in the way, and secondly, until you reach a situation where you have no other option but to pitch, because you are too far away from the green or have to fly over a bunker, etc.

The point i'm making here is very simple, the chip shot should be you bread and butter shot when around the greens, and if you learn the right golf chipping techiniques and practice hard enough, then there is no reason why you should ever fear these shots. Too many golfers think that golf chipping is purely about having great touch and feel, and although having these special traits can be of a huge advantage, being able to chip consistently well doesn't just boil down to how you can skillfully manipulate a sand wedge or pitching wedge, there is a lot more to golf chipping than that!

Always remember that you have a full set of clubs in your bag and all of these clubs have a wide range of lofts and capabilities! Use them to your advantage and let them do the work for you, you don't need to take the risk of either thinning or fatting a sand wedge to the pin, when you can quite easily run a 7 iron up the pin with no problems!

If you are serious about improving your golf chips shots and looking for some inspirational advice on how to take your short game and golf chipping to the next level, then i would recommend that you get a copy of Phil Mickelson's excellent golf instructional book called 'Secrets Of The Short Game'

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