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With Tiger back in action shortly, one of the aspects of his game that will be scrutinized is his short game. Many of you can relate to the chipping struggles he’s displayed in recent years.

This video will help you understand what has been missing anatomically and from a tactile point of view and give you options like cross-handed chipping, which has helped several tour players save their careers!

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Shawn Clement is the new Director of Development at the Royal Quebec Golf Academy in Quebec City, Canada and a class A PGA teaching professional. Shawn was a 2011 and 2015 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year nominee while Directing at the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre. He was also voted in the top 10 (tied with Martin Hall at No. 9) as most sought after teacher on the internet in 2016 with 83 000 subscribers on YouTube and 36 millions natural views. Shawn has been writing for numerous publications since 2001 including Golf Tips Magazine and Score Golf Magazine. He also appeared of the Golf Channel’s Academy Live in July 2001 with Jerry Foltz and Mike Ritz. Shawn Clement has the distinction of being one of the only professionals fit by Ping’s Tour fitting centre where he was fitted with left and right handed clubs including 2 drivers with 115 plus miles per hour and 300 plus yard drives from both sides.

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  1. PS

    Nov 19, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Hi Shawn,

    Most tips on chipping that I’ve come across lately advocates using the bounce of the club, and one of the way to achieve that is less shaft lean and ball positioned more in the middle of the stance (as opposed to back foot), an example of which can be found in attached link https://youtu.be/gUTF6MBPVmw. I do prefer chipping the ball positioned off my back foot but I must admit I do encounter problems with the leading edge digging in too much. Would be interesting to hear your thoughts on how the seeming different approaches advocated by you and other coaches can be reconciled.

    Thanks

  2. DaveyD

    Nov 10, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I started working with left hand low chipping this past year. I find I can come in shallower to the ball than using the regular grip. A lot more spin doing it that way. Going to keep working this technique, but I’m happy with it so far.

  3. Milo

    Nov 10, 2017 at 12:16 am

    I really enjoyed this video, gonna save it for when it warms up here in Iowa lol.

  4. OB

    Nov 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Your explanations are so logical and I love your imagery. Reversing the gripping for chipping and then returning to the usual gripping seems to positively refresh the swing grip.
    Is there any cross-over benefit within the brain by practicing the swing in the non-dominant direction… training with say a left-handed 5-iron over several months while still training in the dominant direction with your regular clubs?
    Wasn’t it Mac O’Grady who could play from the right and left side in perfect form?

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