31Jan, 2016

Chipping from Tight Lies

Too many players find it difficult, chipping from tight lies and getting the ball onto the green. Tight lies are when the grass is very short and the surface may even be quite firm. Players will typically try to lift these shots into the air, hit the shot thin and watch helplessly as the ball runs through the green and off the other side.

There is a way to play these shots where you can successfully chip the ball close very often. It is simply a matter of using your wedges the way they were designed to be used and then practicing the technique a little so that you can gain some feel for distance.

In this video I explain how to play chip shots from tight lies and how you can practice this skill to get the ball close to the hole more often.


If you would like to learn how to play a chip shot from greenside rough, check out this video

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  1. Sully says:

    Excellent point when it comes to using the bounce. Something I’ll have to spend more time thinking about when I head out this spring!


  2. JT says:

    Recently found your golf Blog and video tips. Wish I lived closer as you are a great teacher.
    Best Regards,

  3. Unaiz says:

    When I am playing these shots during practice is perfect , but when I hit the actual shot on the course I decelerate and top it . Can you help me with this or explain how to get over this problems.

    • Derek Hooper says:

      Hi Unalz
      The problem you describe is very common. Most times I see this occur because players do not put their skills under pressure when they practice and then when the pressure of having to produce the shot on the course happens, they struggle to deal with the situation. This is not ab technical issue. Rather it is one of not having fully learned the chip shot in the first place. Start to practice with clearly defined scoring goals and stay there until you reach that goal. As you get better make the scores harder. You could also practice by competing with a friend and play for some small prize – a drink maybe. This added pressure in your practice will help you learn to better transfer your skills to the course.

      I hope that helps and all the best with your golf game.

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