Golfing in South Africa

Limpopo Golf Course

Mastering your short game can be as simple or as hard as you make it. Common complexities do exist, sure, but most new golfers make too many mountains out of molehills when the best approach to take is to just…

Keep It Simple!

Let’s discuss the simple approach to the chip shot. When it comes to the bare-bones-basics of chipping the ball, your technique should be a simple routine that can be used over and over again with simplicity.

Why? Because by using a straight-forward routine that can be implemented with ease, and for shot after shot, you will make better progress and your overall skill level will increase at a faster pace.

Too many new golfers end up spinning their wheels for months, some even years, due to their inability to stick with a basic swing technique for different shots. Make it a personal commitment to “not be that guy” on the course. Learn the game, keep your swings simple, and stick to the basics – especially when it comes to your chip shots.

A Simple Bump And Run Approach

The bump and run in limpopo golf is the easiest chip shot to make. You should use a less-lofted club for this shot, something in the range of your 6, 7 or 8 iron. Your stance should be different than your normal iron shot. Standard iron shots require about a shoulder-width foot placement. But chip shots should be made with an open stance and your feet tightly closer together.

Now to hit your bump and run what I advise is to move the ball back further within your stance as opposed to the normal iron shot stance. This little trick helps swing the club with less loft because your stance is open and you are playing the ball back. The ball will be kept low to the ground and the open stance helps keep the leg power out of the swing (you do not want full leg power due to the short distance of this shot).

By using too much leg power you have the tendency to sacrifice accuracy. The short game is all about technique, not power. Professional golfers know this. They have hundreds of different strategies for playing the short game and it shows.

Remember to keep most of your weight on the front foot. Your hands should be approximately three inches ahead of the ball when you are set up. The result is a crisp, clean bump and run with a happy chip shot ending.