Good evening to you all and I hope you enjoy this weeks blog.
What a week it has been in the golfing world, it doesnt seem that long ago that I was at Gleneagles cheering on a fantastic European performance. This week it was announced that Darren Clarke will lead the European charge in 2016 at Hazeltine and I am sure he will follow in the footsteps of this years Captain, Paul McGinley. Darren Clarke has some great Ryder Cup pedigree, having been on the winning team as a player 4 times and as a vice captain twice. I am sure this experience will be invaluable along with his Open success in 2011. I was slightly disappointed that the coolest man in golf (Miguel Angel Jimenez) did not get more of a look in, but with the form Miguel is currently in, he might make the team as a player.
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This weeks video comes from the European Tour from a guy called Jason Palmer, you may have read about him earlier on in the season. After suffering from years of chipping problems he took the decision to chip with one hand. His first 3 rounds this week were pretty good, but a poor 4th round meant he finished down the leaderboard.
Here is a video of an interview with BBC.
For this shot I used a club with loft, this means either my 52 or 58 degree wedge. My set up is exactly the same as it would be for a full shot, which means I grip the club in the same place, have my feet shoulder width apart and ball positioned in the middle of my stance or even towards the front. Having an open stance, like last weeks method, means that I am putting a different spin on the ball, whereas in the linear method I am only putting backspin on.
You will see from the final picture that I have rotated my entire body so that my chest is pointing at the target and my weight is on my front foot.
I mentioned above about using the bounce angle of the club, the bounce of the club is the angle created between the leading edge of the club and the back of the sole. Using the bounce angle effectively on this shot will allow the club to meet less resistance from the turf. Unlike when using a wedge that can dig in and create fat shots - it is almost like playing a bunker shot from on grass.
- Ball position is in the centre
- Body is aimed at the target
- Use the body as the main driving force
My final piece in this weeks blog is related to a tweet I posted this week. A big milestone has passed meaning there are less than 50 days to go before the start of the US Masters. The gap between the last major of the year and the first of the next is so big that it really builds my excitement for the Masters. It is probably my favourite major of the year as I have been in awe of the Augusta National since I saw Nick Faldo defeating Greg Norman all those years ago. I am pretty sure that Rory McIlroy will be the far and away favourite for the green jacket and rightly so. Who do you think will win?
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