Tip 6: Use a longer iron around the greens

Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 6 Jun 2017
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#6 - USE A LONGER IRON AROUND THE GREENS

It's a shot that seems to be going out of fashion, and it's almost non-existent on the PGA Tour

Faced with a 40-yard chip from a well trodden, bare lie in front of the green, the pro will invariably reach for a sharp-edged wedge to get the ball to pitch, spin and check up to the hole.

But they spend hours and hours practising those shots. They ought to be good at them.

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For the amateur choking down on a long iron can be just as effective, if not as spectacular or even nowadays rescue clubs can be used for chipping just as effectively.

Grip down almost on the metal of the shaft with a putting grip and without breaking the wrists play back and through like a long putt. With a little bit of practice, your pals will watch you get irritatingly close almost every time!

It doesn't work all the time, especially when you have a hazard in the way of you and the pin, but it's a great alternative to a 56-degree wedge when there is a clear path ahead. 

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