Golf Practice Drills: chipping alignment

How many times do you get a good length on a chip but it seems to roll ten feet either side of the flag. PGA professional Graeme Davies gives us a simple drill to get consistent

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The chipping alignment drill is our fifth short game article in the Short Game Practice Drills series.

It can be frustrating when you strike a nice clean chip but you've pulled it slightly, PGA coach Graeme Davies lets us in on a quick tip to get lined up correctly in your short game.

Firstly, pick a point on the green where you want to land the ball, while taking into account the green's borrow to allow for left-to-right or right-to-left roll.

Then grab two alignment sticks or golf clubs and place them in the direction of your landing spot about two or three inches either side of the golf ball.

For a consistent chip, the clubface should exit the end of the alignment sticks still inside the two lines as you can see in the photograph.

A bad swing path for the chip would see the clubface outside either of the two lines meaning you will inevitably pull or push the shot.

Depending the length of shot you have, try to use a firm putting stroke with straight arms and firm wrists.

Drill this shot using as many clubs as you feel comfortable with to know which one you can be more conistent with on these short chip-and-run shots.

Check out Graeme's coaching website Graeme Davies Golf or where he teaches at Huntswood Golf Club.

Otherwise look at our Short Game Practice Drills index or Golf Practice Drills index for more help.