The Double-Line Drill & Hit Better Chip Shot

A lot of golfers i teach struggle for consistency with their irons, and this is often because their weight is not moving properly through the shot. A failure to push onto your front foot as you begin your downswing is one of the most common causes of fats and thins because it's difficult to return the club efficiently to the ball. The drill I've illustrated to the right is a wonderful way to get the feeling of hitting crisp iron shots that really compress the ball nicely.

The Double-Line Drill
Find a flat space in the practice bunker and draw two straight lines in the sand, one running perpendicular with the centre of your stance, the other running parallel with it but pointing at the inside of your front foot. Without using a ball, make a few swings, focusing on entering the sand at the first line and exiting at the second. You should achieve a shallow, extended divot as shown.

Feb 13 Hubbie

This exercise is very good at ensuring that you get your weight onto the front foot and strike down and through the sand. Concentrating on the two lines will help get the club square to the target line for longer through impact. And the beauty of doing this in the sand means you have instant feedback.

Hit Better Chip Shots by Cyril Rozes
'This is my favourite drill for any golfer who struggles with short, greenside chip shots', says Dubai Creek's experienced PGA professional, Cyril Rozes.

Feb 13 Cyril

There are many golfers for whom chipping causes a lot of anxiety, which often means they resort to using a putter when it's not the right club. I think the main issue people have is that they struggle to achieve crisp contact on their chips, and therefore it is impossible to execute distance control.

You can only gain a good feel for chipping once you have mastered the basic motion. A lot of players I teach make a scooping action, with their weight staying on their back foot, which can produce disastrous results.

The best way to fix this (and a great way to improve chipping regardless of what problem you have) is to practice hitting short chips standing only on your front leg. With 90 per cent of your weight on your lead foot, pull your trail foot back and up on the toes. This will help get you over the ball and striking downwards on it. Hit a few shots and you should immediately see the flight and roll of your chips improve. Finish with the clubhead low to the ground to produce an even more consistent strike.

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