On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we stop by and see our friends at Arcadian Shores Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach, just off restaurant row. Jeffrey Baker, the 1st Assistant Golf Professional is giving us a tip that will come in very handy when we play the course. This classic Rees Jones design requires many different types of shots to get through a round with some success. With that being said, we are always ready and willing to get playing tips from the guys who know the course best.
There are many styles and techniques when it comes to short game play around the greens. Golfers are known to use almost any club in the bag to chip or pitch the ball to the flag. Today, Jeffrey is going to talk to us about how to use something other than wedges to chip when just off the green. As always, it is important to practice the shots we learn on Tee It Up Grand Strand before taking them to the course to use in a round of golf. The touch and confidence required to successfully pull off a chip shot demands that we practice them before we try them.
When we want to get the ball out of the rough and on the green quickly and rolling Jeffery suggests we use and 8-iron or 9-iron. First of all, make sure to choke up on the club slightly. Make sure our hands our in front of the ball at address and that our weight is more on the front foot. It is very important to make sure not to break the wrists during the shot at all. It is an all upper body shot. Basically it is like a putting stroke. The idea is to get the ball on the green and rolling toward the hole. It is not a shot to carry the ball far in the air.
This shot is particularly effective for higher handicaps or for golfers that are not confident or comfortable with hitting the high pitch shots or flop type shots. Remember to keep a pendulum type motion on the swing. Take the club back like a putt and follow through without breaking the wrists. That helps keep the face of the club low and square allowing the ball to shoot forward or “bump” off the face not very high in the air and get to the putting surface and start rolling to the pin.