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3 wood chip shot

GOLFING IN PARADISE By JOSE CALLEJA General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course Player Review This week’s between shots is Lance Kahler What clubs do you use? I use Callaway
02 Sep 2012 13:13


General Manager,
Natadola Bay
Golf Course

Player Review

This week’s between shots is Lance Kahler

What clubs do you use? I use Callaway clubs.

Where is your home club? I am a member of Macquarie Links, Sydney.

Who is your favourite player? Adam Scott.

What course do you love to play? I love to play at Barnbougle, Lost farm Golf Course.

What is your favourite hole? The 6th hole at Natadola.

What shot will you always remember? My Tee shot on the 4th at Natadola Bay.

Who are your dream playing partners? Adam Scott, Greg Norman and Natalie Gulbis.

This was what Mr Kahler had to say about Natadola Bay Golf Course: “Natadola is a beautiful, challenging, unique championship course which you could never get sick of playing.”

This week’s tip covers the 3 wood Chip Shot.
The 3 Wood Chip Shot has produced great results for Tiger Woods in many tournaments. He is probably the best person to watch executing the 3 Wood Chip shot.
The secret to this shot is to visualise a low running shot. Some players may opt for selecting a 4-iron or putter to play this particular chip and run shot, however it may pay to start implementing a 3-wood.
From just off the green the 3 wood is a better option because it has 15 to 20 degrees of loft depending on your club.
This allows the ball to become airborne and roll to the hole better than your putter which has a loft of 4 to 5 degrees.
The physical size of the 3 wood is the major benefit for this shot. The mass of the club-head actually does do the work for you.
The results will amaze you and the amount of roll which can be achieved from a simple putting stroke is even more amazing.
The 3 Wood Chip Shot requires for you to consider the following:

Shorten the shaft
The difficulty with this particular chip shot is the length of the club. The longer the club the further away from the ball you stand. It necessary to grip down on the club so you can be closer to the ball which will improve your feel.

 Think putting stroke
Ideally you don’t want body movement during the swing and ensure your weight is on your front foot, that’s the left foot for a right handed player. Then we need to implement a long putting stroke. Don’t try to hinge your wrists, keep them soft so they can react to the long putting stroke. Keep your hands and arms relaxed and you will make a smooth stroke which ensures great contact with the ball.

Low club
Keep the club head low to the ground through impact. You must trust the loft on the club will do the work for you and lift the ball in the air and then roll towards the hole. The hardest thing about this shot is gauging distance so I would suggest you implement golf’s favourite word, “Practice”.
Situations where you should consider utilizing the 3 Wood Chip shot are the following:

  •   Your ball is on firm dry ground or short grass around the green.
  •   The green is above the ball and you will require rolling the ball as opposed to lobbing the ball.
  •   There are no bunkers or long grass in your way and your shot is able to roll to the hole.

Execution of the chip

  •   The clubface pointing to your target.
  •   Comfortable stance
  •   Stand closer to the ball
  •   Position the ball close to the back of your stance.
  •   Use a long putting stroke to execute the 3 Wood Chip Shot
    Happy Golfing in Paradise.


This week we provide a review on the Nike Crush Golf Balls.
The following are the features of the Nike Crush Golf Balls:

  •   This golf ball is designed to optimise longer, straighter shots at swing speeds from 80 to 95 miles per hour.
  •   It has a 2-piece construction with new Directional Micro-Composite coating
  •   This ball is designed to lower spin for driver shots that would normally slice or hook
  •   It’s newly designed thin, ionomer cover enhances greenside feel and playability
  •   It’s softened, high-energy core provides high velocity, reduces excess spin, and delivers unrivalled feel

If you are looking for golf balls with the above features then please contact the Natadola Bay Golf shop on 6733500 and we will order some for you.

PGA Tour events update  
Last week’s Barclays Tournament played on the 7468 yards, Bethpage State Park course was won by Nick Watney (pictured below) who finished on a total score of 10 under par. Watney claimed $1,440,000 in prize money and is currently ranked number 1 in the FedEx cup points standing. Brandt Snedeker finished runner-up on 7 under par.
This week’s event
This week the PGA Tour heads to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship. It is scheduled from August 31 to 3 of September and will be played on the Par 71, 7214 yards, TPC Boston. The total prize purse for this tournament is $8 Million with the winners share being $1,440,000. The defending champion is Web Simpson who won on a score of 15 under par.

Last week’s CN Canadian Women’s Open played on the par 72, 6427 yards Vancouver Golf Club was won by Lydia Ko who finished the tournament on a total score of 13 under par. Ko a fifteen year old amateur of New Zealand made history by becoming the youngest player to win in LPGA Tour History. Inbee Park finished runner-up on 10 under par.

This week’s event
This week the LPGA Tour takes a break and will return for the Kingsmill Championship scheduled for September 6 to 9.
Stacy Lewis is currently ranked number 1 on the LPGA tour money list with earnings of $1,226,018.


Last week’s competition results are as follows:
Wednesday Mixed Competition – Stableford
Date:  22nd of August 2012
Winner: Paula Greenville– 35 points
Runner-up: Mary Lowing – 34 points

Saturday Open Competition – Stroke
Date:  25th of August 2012
Winner: Errol Fifer – Nett 75
Runner-up: Neil Stokes – Nett 81
NTP 7th: Errol Fifer


  • Wednesday 5th September – Mixed Competition – Stableford Competition
  •  Friday September 7 – Bula Friday – Stroke Competition
  • Saturday September 8 – 2 Person Ambrose

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