Golf: Predicting the Roll of Chip Shots Under Different Grass Conditions
Golf: Predicting the Roll of Chip Shots Under Different Grass Conditions

Golf: Predicting the Roll of Chip Shots Under Different Grass Conditions

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education Update.com

Predicting how the ball will roll on the green is an essential chipping skill. Here are two tips that will improve your ability to roll the ball where you want.

Chipping Lie
The type of grass you are chipping from will affect the way the ball will roll once it hits the green. Balls chipped from deep grass will have less backspin, so will roll farther than those chipped from short grass.

Low Points on the Green
Before chipping, identify any low points on the green -- the spots where the water accumulates. If the hole is near one of these low points, expect the ball to break more because of the drop in elevation, but also because the grass will be thicker and more heavily grained.


Reference: Dave Pelz, "How to Hole More Chips." Golf Magazine, April 1, 2006. http://www.golf.com


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