If you tend to spray shots off-line, it means you face your share of chip shots. Your ability to get down in two from just off the green will mean the difference between a good score and a mediocre one. If you're taking three shots to get the ball in the hole when you miss a green, then your potential to score better is great -- if you sharpen your chipping game.
So-so chipping may be the result of a lackadaisical stroke that results in mishit and misdirected shots. If your chipping isn't crisp and positive, try strengthening your grip by turning both hands slightly to the right. Hold on firmly with your left hand. When making the stroke, concentrate on keeping your wrists firm and keeping the back of your left hand moving down the line and facing the target, without allowing the right hand to rotate over the left. Hit down slightly on the ball, keeping the clubhead moving down the line after impact.
You should experience a feeling of increased control over the clubhead, and the ball should start jumping solidly off the clubface on your intended line.
Private Lessons 1999 Times Mirror Magazines, Inc., used under license by GolfServ Online, Inc. Instructional information provided by Golf Magazine.