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The Chip Trainer Instructional System

The Chip Trainer Instructional System is a six part indoor-outdoor lesson program that promotes accelerated learning of short-game shots from just off the green. The concepts are easy to understand, implement and repeat. Within a single lesson, it’s common to understand how the pro’s make it look so easy.

Free Throws: Chip from 3-5 feet one to two paces onto the green - Using a single swing

1. Baseline - Pitching wedge
  a. Stance/Alignment - Standard
  b. Ball Position - Middle
  c. Posture - Neutral
  d. Grip - Square

  i. Move 3-5 feet off the green and hit to targets 3-6 feet on the green.
  ii. Hit to multiple coins/markers just on the green and compare distances.

2. Ball Position - Pitching wedge
  a. Stance/Alignment - Standard
  i. Two balls back of stance
  ii. Two balls forward
  iii. Adjust hands and ball position
      1. With a single swing, see how ball trajectory changes with each position and compare distances traveled.

3. Posture - Pitching wedge
  a. Standard Stance
  b. Move ball back and forth

  i. Adjust grip up and down the club
  ii. Feel how posture changes with each shot
      1. Does your alignment change?
  iii. Hit standard shots, ball forward, ball back (Markers 3-6 feet on green)
  iv. Compare ball flight and distance as posture changes based on hand position.

Moving Around the Green: Chip from 3-5 feet one to two paces onto the green - Using a single swing

1. Baseline with 8 and 9 iron
  a. Alignment/Stance Neutral
  b. Ball Position - Neutral
  c. Posture - Neutral

  i. Using the same stroke as your P-Wedge, the 8 iron will feel like a rocket off the clubface.
  ii. Hit to coins/markers 3-6 feet just on the green
  iii. Continue the exercise with the 9 Iron
  iv. Try all three clubs with a single swing and see the difference the ball travels

2. Ball position with 8 and 9 iron
  a. Alignment - Standard
  b. Ball Position - Forward and back
  c. Posture - Neutral

  i. If you’re not used to using an 8 iron from around the greens, when that ball is back in your stance, it’ll come off the clubface hot!
  ii. Continue landing the ball one to two paces on the green
  iii. Practice with all clubs and see the difference in trajectory and distance

3. Posture with all clubs
  a. Alignment - Standard
  b. Ball Position - Forward and Back
  c. Posture - Multiple positions up and down the club

  i. With all clubs, see how ball position and hand placement influences posture
  ii. With all clubs, see if there’s more control of the golf ball between standard length, and choking up.
  iii. Start asking questions

1. Will a choked up 9 iron flying 8ft go farther than a standard P-Wedge flying 8ft.

The above is the on-course lesson plan for the 6 stages of the Chip Trainer System. With this curriculum, the intention is to take these concepts and simulate them at home. While at the same time taking a few key ideas and incorporating them into home-based technique drills.

1. Proper set-up
  a. Establish a repeatable process to finding your center alignment

  i. Stance, ball position, posture, grip

2. Hand position
  a. Use the keys on the stance mat to put your hands ahead of the ball

3. The take-away
  a. How to take the club back

  i. What does square, inside or outside mean

4. Shaft lean
  a. What is it and how is it implemented

5. Palm facing down

6. Shoulder tuck drill
  a. Place the head cover between your upper arm and body

  i. Feel the upper body and club move as one unit

Now, it should be noted that not all lies are flat, some are in thicker rough than others, and the device isn’t intended to simulate bunker shots. However, basic fundamentals related to stance/alignment, ball position, posture and grip, are applicable to all shots around the green. And the Chip Trainer reinforces those fundamentals away from the golf course (Like free-throws away from the gym) so tiny adjustments can be made quickly and confidently (once the course guards the hole).




The Chip Trainer Lesson System

The Chip Trainer Lesson System is a framework for indoor and outdoor chip shots. So, whether you're watching on TV, reading a book by Pels, or taking advice from your local professional, the Chip Trainer provides "keys" to visualize fundamentals and accelerate learning.

The process is broken into two parts of three:

Free Throws: Chip from 3-5 feet one to two paces onto the green

1. Baseline - Pitching wedge
2. Ball Position - Pitching wedge
3. Posture - Pitching wedge

Moving Around the Green: Chip from 3-5 feet one to two paces onto the green

1. Baseline - 8 and 9 iron
2. Ball position - 8 and 9 iron
3. Posture with all clubs

With this simple processes, multiple shots from around the green are communicated efficiently, and with the Chip Trainer they are rehearsed and practiced at home/office away from the golf course.

Now, it should be noted that not all lies are flat, some are in thicker rough than others, and the device isn't intended to simulate bunker shots. However, basic fundamentals related to stance, ball position, posture and grip, are applicable to all shots around the green. And the Chip Trainer reinforces those fundamentals away from the golf course (Like free-throws away from the gym) so tiny adjustments can be made quickly and confidently (overcoming obstacles guarding the green).