Thanks for putting up with my previously unending quest to sort out my chipping and short pitching.
A light bulb for me tonight in terms of set up. I have been working very hard trying to get my set up right when something happened this evening that screamed ligth bulb
I was working on my "twomaster"s set up whilst thinking about whether I swing or hit with chips. I have always liked the idea of a simple bending and straightening of the right arm to get my chipping motion as simple as possible. Now from what I have learnt from here about true hitting I realised that this is swinging not hitting for my chipping motion. I then got to thinking about how when I used to do a lot of the Lynn Blake chipping drills, and when my troubles all began I felt I was taking a real nice shallow divot, but behind the ball which snowballed into my chipping “issues”
I then realised I had low point issues, not the yips. Once I got Bradleys idea into my head I realised as long as I do not move up down left or right all I really need to do on a short shot is set myself in place and allow my right arm to bend and straighten. I noticed however that I set up originally with my right arm straight and blade square. Not only did I have low point set for behind the ball, it was with a square leading edge
After looking through the images TM had posted I stumbled upon the following.
When I set up open I set the club a few inches ahead of the ball with my arms comfortably straight, stance narrow and an imaginary ball opposite my left instep. I then move the club back to the “real” ball and set the blade at the target. Regrip and the right arm is just a touch bent as I have moved it back of low point. Swing back with as much right elbow bend and wrist cock and simply straighten through the ball along my stance line.
Instant ball “pop” up
I seem to process things slowly sometimes, and real fast other times. This has been a slow one, but has helped with see what the difference between a hit and swing is in TGM terms.
Video below hopefully explains this.
It is a feeling for me to set up at what I perceive to be “low point” when both arms are straight, along my open plane line.
Thanks for all the help, especially to lag and tm…
I has taken me almost two years to get to this point where the ball pops up high, and goes this distance with a grossly shortened swing. It is as if I cannot strighten the right arm before the ball and hit it fat
I am having a beer to celebrate and sorry if the vid is dark, but the pop up of ball and crisp contact is just golf porn for me this evening…