Two Types of Short Approach Shots

How well you play your shots around the green makes a substantial difference to your score. Many golfers have too much focus on their longer shots, forgetting that greenside ships and putts make up a large proportion of the game.

Some golfers have difficulty with short approach shots as they are not purposeful enough with their technique. Depending on the ball position, lie and obstacles between the ball and the green, it is essential to adjust your shot accordingly. In this article, we will explain two types of chips, the hybrid chip and the high pitch.

Hybrid Chip

If there are no obstacles between your ball and the green, and there is some short fairway grass to work with, the hybrid chip shot is your best choice. The technique used during this stroke is closer a putt than a pitch, and your wrists should only flex slightly throughout the swing. At most, your club should reach a 45° angle from the ground on the backswing, to an equivalent point on the foreswing.

These shots will maintain a low trajectory, which forces the ball to continue to run once it hits the surface. Playing your approach shot in this way removes a lot of room for error, making it a preferred shot for many golfers.

Position the ball in the centre of your stance, and move your hands slightly down the grip. Keep your swing small and simple and you will begin to get a feel for how long the ball will roll.

High Pitch

Flopping a ball high in the air, allowing it to stop quickly on the green is one of the most satisfying shots in the game of golf. And that sweet feeling is exacerbated further when you manage to clear a sand trap in the process.  If the terrain between you and the pin is not suitable for a bump-and-run shot, a high pitch is most likely your best option.

Many golfers make the mistake of putting most of the weight on their back foot with the hope that it will help get more lift on the ball. However, this will only make it more difficult to connect cleanly with the ball. Instead, put a little more weight on your front foot, allowing you to scoop right under it.

Take a lofted club, open up your stance slightly and make sure you get a clean connection with the ball. Getting the right length to bring down the ball just over the hazard to leave it rolling up to the pin will only come with practice.

Try out these two shots when you are next on the course; they can shave a good few strokes off your round!

This article was written by Christian Abbas, exclusively for




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