especially for erratic chippers

Nov. 19, 1956
Nov. 19, 1956

Table of Contents
Nov. 19, 1956

Coming Events
Football: Eighth Week
  • The time is here when New Year's Day and its bowl games are uppermost in the minds of the country's best football teams and their ardent supporters, so Saturday was a day of climax among contenders. Tennessee proved its priority over Georgia Tech for either the Cotton or Sugar Bowl; Iowa over Minnesota and Oregon State over Stanford for the Rose Bowl; Colorado over Missouri for the Orange Bowl; and Texas A&M over all to defend the honor of the Southwest

Events & Discoveries
Olympic Honor Roll
  • An alphabetical listing of the men and women who will represent the United States at Melbourne

Sporting Look
Indoor Golfer
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Mr. Caper

especially for erratic chippers

The scoring in golf, as everyone knows, is done around the greens. Even our finest golfers don't hit all the greens—a number of our top-circuit scorers miss quite a few—but they can get down in two from off the edge just like clockwork.

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Some over-90 shooters I've played with score that low only because they're pretty pro-ey around the green, but the average over-90 shooter loses many savable strokes because he doesn't understand how to play a chip. This is one so-called simple shot that is really a simple shot. The average player, though, thinks he has to pitch the ball up in the air. He uses too lofted a club. He overpivots—transfers his weight too much—and swings so fast he can't get his weight back to the ball quick enough. As a result he looks up, he fluffs, he scalps, he does everything.

Treat the chip from the fringe as a long putt. From a foot off the edge to 15 or so feet off, don't take too lofted a club. Stand with your feet close together. Get your weight a bit on your left side and keep it there. Forget about lofting the ball and play a brief, crisp little running stroke, relying on your sense of distance to tell you how hard to hit the shot, just like you would on a long approach putt.

from SAM SNEAD, Greenbrier Country Club, White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

TWO PHOTOSTWO ILLUSTRATIONSThe feet are close together and the weight is slightly on the left side on the chip from the fringe