Hitting High Soft Chip Shots

By Nick Anson
May 27, 2015

Tour Draw


Hitting a high soft chip shot may seem difficult, if only because we don’t know the proper technique.  In this segment of On the Lesson Tee, PGA Professional Todd Kolb gives us his secret to mastering these shots, by identifying the faulty technique and showing the solution, explaining the secret to the high soft chip shot in just over a minute’s time.

Hey golfers, I’m PGA Teaching Professional Todd Kolb with USGolfTV; and today On the Lesson Tee I’m giving you the secret on how to hit the high soft chip shot.  Now the most common thing that a lot of golfers do when they try to hit a high soft chip shot—or even when they make just a regular chip shot—is they get the butt end of the club and the club head going different directions.

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When they start their swing, the butt end of the club—the top part of it—goes towards the target, and the club head goes away from the target; and what happens is that literally de-lofts the golf club, unless they do something different in the downswing.  And the only way to undo that is to accelerate the club head, and the ball pops off the face and it takes off.   So what you want to do, and the secret to the high soft chip shot, is to get the butt end of the club—the top part of the club—and the club head moving the same direction initially; they both move away from the target on the backswing, and they both move toward the target on the forward swing.

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And if you do that, you’re going to maintain loft on the golf swing; but more importantly, you don’t have to accelerate the club head to get it back to the proper position.  And what that will do for you is it will allow the ball to come off higher, softer, land just like a putt, and just kind of roll up towards the cup, giving you the proper technique to mastering the high soft chip shot.

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