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Golf Tips: The Wood Chip

When your ball lies just off the green with no obstacle between you and the hole, use a fairway wood.  A 5 or 7 wood is an excellent choice as they have enough loft to lift the ball out of grassy lies.  The long shaft allows a compact swing kept low to the ground.

To chip with a wood, use either your putting or full swing grip, assume a slightly open stance and tilt the shaft of your club until it is upright.  You'll have to stand erect to accommodate the length of the shaft, but keep your weight anchored on your front foot so you don't sway as you make the shot.

Using your putting stroke, keep the wrists firm at address and through the swing.  Let the clubhead swing through the hitting zone as an extension of your arms so the clubhead goes straight through to the target.  You'll be amazed how much easier it is to chip from around the green with woods!


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