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Watch this exclusive Peter Uihlein Short Game Lessons video series - in this video the American explains how to play the chip and run
Peter Uihlein Short Game Lessons: Chip and Run
This shot is all about picking the right club from a position like this. In this scenario you’re going to be trying to bounce it into the hill so you need to be striking the shot a little bit harder, so the ball can get through the grass and go on to roll out towards the flag. So I have chosen a 7 iron for this shot. From here, its all about picking the right landing spot at the foot of the hill. Try to select a flat area to land the ball on as this makes the bounce more predictable.
So at address you’re going to have a narrower stance than for a normal chip shot, probably narrower than with the putter, and your upper body should be a little more over the ball than usual. This means the shaft of the 7-iron will be more upright than for a normal shot to help you with the pendulum motion of the stroke. Don't forget that a good, smooth rhythm is important for good distance control throughout the short game and this set up position will help you find that.
Peter's Short Game Lessons
Place the ball back in your stance, and set your weight 60-40 on your left side, this will ensure you get a clean strike and that you keep the light down. From here its almost the same motion as with your putter; not a big motion but there’s an arc-ing rotation going back and a little bit more rotation in the follow through to keep the flight and the spin down so you get that ideal hit and release. From there you just have to ensure that you just commit to the shot. That should allow you to be a little bit more consistent around the greens.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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