Golf – Basic Chipping Stroke

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    PGA instructor Cary Ferrell breaks down your short game, and demonstrates the basics of the chip shot.

    Cary Ferrell

    Cary began playing golf in Minnesota over 40 years ago. Soon after, he moved with his family to Rockville, Maryland. He was a member of the Richard Montgomery High School golf team lettering all 3 years and as captain of the team during his senior year. In 1970, he enrolled at the University of Maryland at College Park playing on the golf team for two years. In 1972, he turned professional and landed his first apprentice position under Head PGA Golf Professional, Clarence Doser at the former Washingtonian Country Club in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He then moved to Falls Road Golf Course in Potomac, Maryland as Teaching Professional under the direction of Head PGA Golf Professional, Chuck Walker. In 1978, Cary completed his membership requirements for Class “A” Membership in the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. In 1982, he accepted the position of Head PGA Golf Professional/Manager at Poolesville Golf Course in Poolesville, Maryland where he remained for 23 seasons. During his tenure, he continued his passion for teaching and mentoring juniors. In addition to developing golfers of all skill levels, a number of former assistant professionals have gone on to become Head PGA Golf Professionals at their own facilities. He retired from the Poolesville Golf Course on December 31, 2004. Cary has been with the Chuck Will Golf Academy since March 2005. He feels that golf is a sport for a lifetime which teaches youngsters many life lessons. There are numerous ways this can be achieved. The Chuck Will Golf Academy has given him all the necessary tools to enrich, enhance and improve everyone’s game of golf. In addition to his teaching duties, Cary finds time to be an advisor and mentor to the Loudoun County Junior Golf Association. Cary has three adult children, one of which is a Head PGA Golf Professional in the Chicago area. As you can see, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

    Cary Ferrell: Hi! My name is Cary Ferrell, PGA instructor at Dulles Golf Center; I am going to show you how to Chip.

    The difference between Putting and Chipping, basically the stroke is the same; all I am going to do is use a Lofted Club.

    Most people think that when you get near the green, the most important thing is to get the ball up; what you are really trying to do is, swing it just like a long putt, the loft will take the ball in the air. You dont have to lift it; the loft will take it up.

    Same stroke is our putting stroke. Shoulders and arms, no wrists, keep your head as still as you can. Put more weight on your left side, bow back in your stance, shoulders and arms and no wrists, just like a pendulum.

    Just because you are getting near the green, doesnt mean pull the sandwedge or the pitching wedge. Keep the ball low and running.

    You can chip with every club in your bag; some people are even using hybrids or Rescue Clubs; they are even using their Woods sometimes.

    Again, just like a long putt, keep your head still, shoulders and arms, no wrists, no breakdown; dont try to help the ball in the air, dont try to flip it - and thats your basic chipping stroke.