Easy Methods To Perform A Perfect Downhill Chip Shot

Talking of tough shots, the chip from a downhill lie definitely finds a place in the list. Perhaps the approach shot you played has run through the green and the ball now rests on a downhill. You have a problem in your hands; the downhill slope will affect both the setup and flight of the chip. So, how to play the perfect downhill chip shot? Let’s find out.

Discussion on the downhill chip is incomplete without discussing Tom Watson’s famous 1982 U.S Open chip-in shot. Most of us can only watch such fantastic short game shots, but we can learn how to approach such situation.

The best case scenario would be to totally avoid a downhill chip by playing a delicate approach shot. Since we’ve crossed that point already let’s talk of the steps to take if the ball lies off the green.

The ideal shot to play would be a chip that resembles a putter shot. A mix of these two strokes will produce a soft landing with a dead thud. The ball will then slowly roll towards the cup. Here are the things you can do to produce the soft landing.

How to play the putting-like chip shot?

For this shot, you need a wedge club with the highest loft. After picking the ideal wedge for the putter-like chip shot assume a narrow stance with the ball placed at the center or slightly back. Also, make sure you have a slightly open clubface.

Right-handed golfers should have less weight on the right and more on the left; for the left-handed players, it is vice-versa. Furthermore, it’s best to have the hands ahead of the ball.

Since the chip is going to resemble a putter stroke, the shot must have a curtailed swing. The backswing must be short and once you reach the end of the backswing play a fast and swift downswing, hitting the ball sharply.

Don’t let the natural urge, which forces you to roll the right hand over the left, to affect the impact. It is imperative the clubface remains open throughout the impact.

All you’re trying to do is hit the ball over the slope; hence you don’t need an expansive follow-through. Actually, you hardly need a follow-through. Aim for zero or very little follow-through.

One way to tell you’re playing a perfect downhill chip shot is to observe the hand during the swing. The shot is perfect if the back of the left hand is leading through the contact/impact zone.