I hit a good drive, then a good shot around the green. Very well! It will probably go up and down equally. Or, at worst, make a ghost and move on. In this crazy-filled game, things could be worse.
But then, a disaster.
You pull your wedge, and your ball cuts a few feet. Then you can do it again. What seemed like potential parity is now a double ghost or worse, and with your hopes of coming out of the hole with a reasonable outcome, you might be wondering how all this happened.
In short, chip cuts occur when the low point of the swing is too far from the golf ball. Your racket hits the ground before the ball, and the result is an annoying duff, or a skull if you catch it more uphill.
How can you prevent this? Here are two exercises that can help.
This, from Top 100 Golf Instructor, Allen Terrell, involves standing with your feet almost on target. This will have the effect of keeping you off your back foot and encouraging your body to rotate, which will move the low point of your foot forward, preventing you from cutting the ball. It will also have the secondary benefit of reducing your back swing, which will help golfers who tend to go slow.
If you’re looking for another exercise, this is a little easier than the one you see DJ doing above, but it accomplishes much of the same. As skill teacher Shauheen Nakjavani demonstrates through one of his students below, placing your foot on tiptoe and behind your foot brings the weight forward. You’ll also begin pivoting — or twisting — around your front foot, which will move the low point forward and, again, prevent the cut.