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    Re: From 40yds and in question.

    When you are looking to hit 40 yard pitch, I think you need to start to have a slight wrist hinge.

    i would say the most important thing to feel is your chest rotating on the downswing, exaggerate the move to get your chest facing the target, I feel like the hands stay out of it and its a body release. Almost like the hinge and hold that Mickelson has talked about before, slight wrist hinge going back then fire the chest through.

    When the ground is wet and strike feels more challenging, I feel like I shorten the backswing slightly and then just turn the chest through, the last thing I want is a longer swing and decelerate or get wristy at impact.
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    Re: From 40yds and in question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slime View Post
    Just to fill in some details before my question.
    I played on Sunday on a pretty damp course but no temp greens.
    I shot 27 points and then I counted up my duffed chips.
    16 duffed chips ........................ and I mean duffed.
    I'm talking from 40yds and in and a duffed chip is one that fails to get at least near the green.
    Some only went a few yards and three of them went about 3 inches with my club sliding straight under the ball which was on a pretty muddy bare lie!!!!
    On one par 3 my tee shot finished about 10 feet from the green, my first putt was my 5th shot!
    So, here's the question;
    When pitching or chipping from 40yds and in should I prevent my wrists from breaking?
    Please all give me the same answer.
    It sounds like also you might have some issues due to lateral movement and weight shifting.

    Unlike full shots, with chipping and shorter pitches lateral movement will cause inconsistency of strike, so you want to feel like your weight is favouring your left side and then keep it there through the swing, like you could almost hit shots with your right foot off the ground.
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    Re: From 40yds and in question.

    I find that no wrist break is fine for short chips but does not work for me beyond a certain distance. For the longer shots I like the hinge and hold. There is a great butch harmon video on this on YT.

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    Re: From 40yds and in question.

    I had a lesson about 2 years ago on pitching and found zero wrist hinge with simply rotating through helped me immensely. I ending up by doing this using the bounce of the club more and striking it much better with a nicer trajectory.

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    Re: From 40yds and in question.

    Quote Originally Posted by r0wly86 View Post
    When you're chipping you're wrists shouldn't break, it should feel similar to a putting stroke.
    Was gong to suggest this, try playing it like a putt.

    edit: posted before I saw Bob's vid - he's better qualified than me to answer.
    Last edited by need_my_wedge; 16-Jan-2018 at 09:05.

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    Re: From 40yds and in question.

    Just my 2c

    Its a confidence thing, find somewhere to practice the kind of shot you're having a problem with, think back to when you wouldn't have a problem with this kind of shot and think in the same way. What works for one guy wont work for everyone. Once you've figured out the best way to play it, practice it and have trust in it once out on the course.

    I bet after a few duffed chips, the only thing on your mind was another duffed chip?
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    Re: From 40yds and in question.

    One word.
    Turn.
    I really struggled with my short game and only improved my strike when I was taught to turn through the shot. Before then it was all duffs and thins.
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    Re: From 40yds and in question.

    Ive found with chipping and pitching, its all about the take away.you get better results with a wider , clubhead back straight action than if you turn it inside... if that makes sense.

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    Re: From 40yds and in question.

    I concentrate on one thing when I'm chipping and pitching and that's accelerating through the ball. Decelerating never ends well.
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    Re: From 40yds and in question.

    At that distance, tend to keep arms straight and no wrist hinge/cocking.

    Last year I even tried the same technique upto about 60 yards(shoulder height with SW, hard to swing any higher whilst keeping arms straight), surprising accurate and controlled. Not sure why I stopped it.

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