The effective chip shot

GOLFING IN PARADISE By JOSE CALLEJA General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course This week’s tip covers how to play the chip shot effectively. From all the great moments in
07 Oct 2012 22:50


Mr Jose Calleja

General Manager,
Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course

This week’s tip covers how to play the chip shot effectively.
From all the great moments in golf one of my personal favorites’ is the chip shot by Severiano Ballesteros on the 18th Hole on the final day of The Open at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in 1988. The 117th Open Championship was Seve’s s third Open Championship victory and fifth major title.
I can still recall the moment so vividly; it feels it was only yesterday. The chip shot actually caught a piece of the hole and he secured a casual tap in to finish the Championship with a 2 stroke lead over Nick Price. Seve is regarded as the most charismatic player in the modern day era of Golf. His short game creativity and shot making ability was remarkable. He was also instrumental for staging the Ryder Cup away from British soil and one can only imagine the joy last week’s remarkable comeback of 4 points on the final day would have brought to the former Ryder Cup Captain and chipping genius Seve Ballesteros.
Everyone will tell you that the goal when chipping is to get the ball to travel the least amount of distance in the air and have the ball roll along the green to the hole. Unfortunately most beginners will aim a foot or two before the hole and then get upset when they watch their perfectly struck shot go past the hole and sometimes off the back of the green. Beginners fail to consider the roll factor in their chip shots which accounts for their high handicap.
Before you play your chip shot you need to analyze the surface on which the ball will role, this is the green. Majority of the greens have slopes and undulations which will always affect the roll of the ball. The quicker you are able to get the ball rolling, the better the chance you’ll have of sinking the chip shot. When chipping, your goal should be to hit the green about half way between the edge of the front of the green and the hole when using your sand wedge.
When you are using your pitching wedge you should be aiming about 1/3 of the way in from the front of the green. Notice that the landing area changes as your club selection changes.  The key is to judge how much green you have to work with and how close you are to the green.
When using a 7 or 8-iron to chip you can expect the ball to travel about 30 per cent in the air and to roll 70 per cent because the 7 iron and 8 iron have less loft than wedges. You do not require a great deal of back swing, just look at Tiger Woods’ follow through, the secret is not to break the wrists. These types of shots are also excellent from 30-40 yards form a relative good lie and if the pin is positioned in the middle of the green or to the back. Ideally you should be aiming for the very front of the green or even slightly before the green to try and get one bounce in before making contact on the second bounce with the green. The other factor is the speed of the green which must always be considered when identifying the landing area of your chip shot. Happy golfing this weekend.


This week we provide a review on the Callaway Xtreme Stand Bag.
The following are the features of the Callaway Xtreme Stand Bag:

  • This bag has a 9” oval top with 7 way full length dividers;
  • It weighs only 6 lbs;
  • It has a 3 point double strap;
  • It has a foam hip pad for better ventilation and comfort;
  • This bag has 9 pockets including a water bottle pocket, pen holder and ball marker;
  • It also has an umbrella holder and custom molded zipper pulls and towel ring and handle.

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

PGA Tour events update   
Last week’s Ryder Cup between USA and Europe ended in dramatic finish as Martin Kaymer made a par putt on the 18 to hole to help secure victory for Europe. The USA team was leading going into the final day but the European Team played their hearts and made one of the greatest comebacks in the history of Ryder cup and headed home with the Gold Trophy. The Final score – Europe 14.5 and USA 13.5.
This week’s event: This week on the PGA tour we have the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open. This event will be played on the par 71, 7223 yards, TPC Summerline course. The prize purse for the event is $4.5 million and the winners share being $810,000. The defending champion is Kevin Na  who won on a score of 23 under par.

Last week the LPGA and The Ladies European Tour took a break. On the European tour Caroline Masson is ranked number 1 on the ISPS Handa order of merit with earnings of 171,439 euros. Inbee Park is ranked number 1 on the LPGA Tour official money list with earnings of $1,669,608.
This week’s event: This week on the LPGA Tour heads off to France for the 25th Lacoste Ladies French Open. This event is scheduled from October 4 to 7 and will be played on the par 72, Chantaco Golf Course. The defending champion is Felicity Johnson. The prize purse for the event is 250,000 Euros and the winners share being 37,500 Euros.

Last week’s competition results are as follows:
Event:  Wednesday Open Competition – Stableford
Date:  September 26, 2012
Winner:  John Michelmore – 35 points

Event:  Saturday Open Competition – Stroke
Date:  September 29, 2012
Winner:  Grant Alchin – 37 points
Runner-up:  Lisa Rangitutia – 36 points
NTP 7th: Lucas Prior


  • Wednesday October 10 – 2 Person Ambrose Competition
  • Friday October 13 – Stableford Competition
  • Saturday October 17 – 4BBB Competition

Player review

This week’s between shots is Mr. Gregory Brant
What clubs do you use? I use Callaway X20 clubs.
Where is your home club? I am a member of Sanctuary Cove Golf Club, Gold Coast.
Who is your favourite player?
Adam Scott.
What course do you love to play? I love to play the Pines at Sanctuary Cove.
What is your favourite hole? The 6th hole at Natadola Bay.
What shot will you always remember? My tee shot on the 16th at Natadola.
Who are your dream playing partners? Adam Scott, Tiger Woods, and Kim Brant.
This was what Mr Brant had to say about Natadola Bay Golf Course: “Natadola is a fantastic course, a great course to play, one of the most difficult courses played and one of my favourites”

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