How to Stick Downhill Chips
This right-foot trick stops you from blading the ball across the green
By Eden Foster
Top 100 Teacher
This story is for you if...
• Downhill chips terrify you because you usually skull the ball.
• You don't think you can hit the ball high or soft enough from a downhill lie.
Your approach shot missed the green and stopped on the side of a hill. You're now looking at one of the toughest short-game shots: the downhill chip.
Notice that when you take your stance you get the feeling that the ball will come out too low. Most golfers compensate for this by hanging back on their right foot and scooping the ball into the air, which almost always leads to a skull. The secret to avoiding this mistake is to totally remove your right foot from the equation and plan for a lower shot. The ball will come out more like a 9-iron than a lob wedge, but with practice you'll learn to get this shot close to the hole.
2 of 4Rob Trignali
Grab your highest-lofted club (the hill subtracts loft), then take your normal address position and lift your right heel, which will keep you from hanging back on your right side. Set your shoulders parallel with the slope (left shoulder below your right).
3 of 4Rob Trignali
Weaken your grip your right hand should feel like it's on top of your left hand. This will prevent you from releasing the club (and delofting it).
4 of 4Rob Trignali
Feel like you're moving the club up the hill going back and then down the hill coming through you should finish low and with little follow-through. Basically, you're trying to trace the hill with your clubhead.
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