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Rule No. 1 In Chipping

The left arm controls the chipping stroke, both back and through. If you're struggling to hit crisp chips that track toward the hole, work on this basic principle. Let the left hand and arm start the backswing together as a unit, with a slight hinging of the wrists. Then, on the downswing, make sure the left arm leads the clubhead into the ball. You can see here that even after the strike, my left arm and hand have stayed in alignment. It's as if I backhanded the ball toward the hole. Focus on your left arm, and you won't hit those fat or thin shots that result from flipping at the ball with your wrists.

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How do you choose the right club when chipping? The farther the shot, the less loft you should use. Some tour players are great at using one wedge for all greenside shots, but they practice—a lot. Most of you will get the ball to the hole more often by changing clubs depending on the distance. Practice this way, too.