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All things being equal, and with no real obstacles in your way, from anywhere within a few yards of the putting surface, any teacher would tell any student to make use of the Putter. Simply put, it represents the option with the lowest risk of failure.

Now put an obstacle in your path – some fringe or some rough for instance – and all of a sudden the benefits of the rolling ball start to decrease. It’s difficult to predict how a ball’s roll will be affected by the longer grass, then you have to re-calculate for its speed when it gets to the green. At times like these, clever golfers go to the chip shot.

At this point you don’t want to be thinking about the connection itself. You need to be judging the distance and trajectory control required; all aspects controlled by the right side. So try out the drill below to help you add some consistency and confidence.

Before attempting to chip, gain the feeling of throwing the ball underhand. Hold the ball in your right hand, not too tight, but as you would imagine gripping the club. Now, using an underhand action, throw the ball towards the hole.