How to Stop Topping your Chip Shots
There are basically two causes for topping the chip shots. One is your address. To fix this, see How to Hit a Chip Shot.
Second cause is trying to scoop the ball in the air. Even the good players do this once in a while.
But if you try to lift the ball in the air, you'll end up topping the shots. Because the ball is on the ground, you can hit up on the ball like a driver.
To get the ball airborne, you need to trust the loft of your club and hit it with slight descending blow.
Cure it with Descending Blow
If you can hit it with a descending blow, you can fix topping the ball.
To do this, I want you do the following.
1. Your hands should be ahead of the ball at address
2. Place the ball in the middle or slightly back of center of your stance
3. Put most of your weight on your front foot and keep it there during the swing
4. Focus on the back of the ball
5. Accelerate through impact
All these will help you hit crisp chip shots.
Also, try to keep the angle of your right wrist during the swing. If your right wrist breaks down, you will top it or hit it fat.
Use Putter Grip
Tiger Woods wrote on his book that he uses putter grip when chipping.
Putter grip or reverse overlapping grip will reduce any extra wrist movement during the shot and help you catch it clean.
So if you top the ball on chip shots, you might want to try putter grip to stop topping. Make sure that your hands are little ahead of the ball at address.
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