It is a known fact that I’m not a long hitter, but I make up for what I lack in distance with a sharp and reliable short game. Getting up-and-down to save pars is very important to keep your score when you are playing in a tournament.
You must always remember that golf is not always about making birdies only. There will be times when you have to take your medicine and walk away with a par or even a bogey.
Hitting a chip-and-run shot has been one of my secrets to success on the Asian Tour and I hope it helps improve your golf game as well. Keep a look for more Winning Edge tips from the Asian Tour Academy.
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I normally hit this shot when I’m 15 to 20 yards outside the green. It is always important to visualise your shot and keep a focussed and positive mind-set.
You have to keep your legs slightly apart. Your legs should not be aligned like your routine golf shot! I usually put my weight more on my left leg. Remember that you only have to take slightly less than half of your usual back swing.
Your club face should be placed at a normal position so that it gives your ball the same spin to roll on the green. Keep a firm grip so that you can control and hit the ball better. If your grip is too tight, you will tend to hit the ball harder than expected!
Take note that when you hit a chip-and-run shot, you must not aim for the hole but find a proper area on the green so your ball can roll closer or into the hole.