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Remember Tiger’s Hero World Challenge event and how many players were struggling with short shots around the green because of the strong Bermuda grass grain? Here are a couple options to be able to chip and pitch without getting the club stuck in the grain!

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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. Ben

    Dec 31, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    The grass on that course is paspalum. Usually used on modern courses in high salt environments.

  2. Obee

    Dec 29, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    This is actually a great method to use into Bermuda grain, but it’s quite one-dimensional and can only be used when you can “bump” the ball, obviously. It’s great, but it’s not at all “new,” Shawn.

    Maybe “interesting” or “different” would be better….

  3. ChipNRun

    Dec 29, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    This summer I played one of the few Bermuda public layouts in St. Louis area. The greens crew had sprayed for weeds earlier that week, and result was a very spiny net of dying weeds entangled in the surviving bermuda.

    It was a frustrating day. I got up-and-down a couple of times from 20 yards out on the fairway, but got mostly bogies – and two double bogies – trying to negotiate the greenside gnarl.

    The key seemed to be whether you were going against the grain or not. Best way to tell was with practice swings.

    Best solution (working post-round) seemed to be “hit the ball first.” On the against-grain-gnarl shots, it seemed like I was killing the ball, but I to strike it crisply to get ball close from greenside.

  4. C

    Dec 29, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Just learn to clip a very low bounce, high loft wedge. No need for this silly method

  5. geohogan

    Dec 28, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Id be interested to see a demonstration chipping from short rough:
    Bermuda and Kikuyu

  6. MT

    Dec 28, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Everything went 30 degrees left and extremely hot. Seems like it would be hard to control distance and direction.

    • Obee

      Dec 29, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      It’s not at all difficult precisely because when you said: Everything goes left … and hot. Just play for that, and it’s actually a great shot to have in your bag. Very one-dimensional, though….

  7. parman

    Dec 27, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    The club might not catch with a closed face, but the ball comes off hot and running making it difficult to control. I much prefer the open face technique.

  8. Scheiss

    Dec 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Not a new way at all

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