Hear Your Chips |
by Barry Goldstein
I?m sure you?re familiar with the famous Sam Snead tip, ?Hear
your putts.? To ensure that he didn?t come out of his putts too
early, the ?Slammer? held fast in his putting posture until
he hopefully heard the ball rattle the bottom of the cup.
When a golfer rises out of the stance prematurely while putting,
he or she invariably ruins the path of the stroke. ?Hear your
putts? has always been one of my favorite quick tips, and I
recently discovered an additional use for this sage advice to
help golfers save strokes: during the chipping motion.
I see too many golfers rise up and out of the posture too early
while chipping. Coming out of your posture too early while
chipping will not only destroy the path of your swing, but will
increase the likelihood of hitting the chip thin, sending the
ball scurrying to the other side of the green.
Hear your chips. By that, I mean remain in your chipping posture
until you hear the ball land on the green. If you can tune you
ear into the sound of the ball hitting the putting surface,
you?ll recognize the ?thump? sound the ball makes as it finishes
its downward arc and strikes the ground. If you wait for this
sound, you?ll guarantee staying with the shot well through