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Comment from Anonymous
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7/28/2014 at 2:34 AM
Hi Martin!

I would say this is the archetype of your great tips: crystal clear, to the point and unassuming.

I'm a 53y old beginner, enjoying the game the way I would ever never believed. I had a bit of a hard time with short play. Couldn't get a ball properly airborne on chip shots. I then bought a 30° chipper and started hacking my way to lower scores thanks to it. It also gave me a lot more confidence and a 'feel' for the ball. Yes, a feel, whereas some people deter beginners from using a chipper because you supposedly can't feel the ball with that kind of club and it gets you nowhere in the game. Well, it's very intuitive with its look and feel of a putter and you virtually can't blade it. I can dial my shots as if I was playing a long put (I'm fortunately a good putter for my level and I manage distance quite reasonably).

With its loft comparable to a short iron, it's designed for the typical chip and run: it gets the ball airborne neatly and then releases with quite a lot of accuracy. It normally should be used when there's a lot of green to work with, but as you rightly point out, it keeps the ball safely on the ground wherever it's possible.

Now, when practicing on our compact course, I started playing around the greens a first shot with my chipper and then with a conventional club (usually the SW) to hit a second ball from the same spot. And it quickly started working.

I now got a 50° GW and a 60° LW and started practicing. Much to my surprise, I found myself playing them straight away a lot better than I expected. Yesterday, on my 9-hole practice round around the compact course, I holed TWO chips from about 25-30 yards from the pin, one with the SW and one with the LW. I had chosen the LW for a pin close the edge of the green and the SW for a pin with more green to work with. What a great feeling to hole these shots from well outside the green!

So, although I'm quite conscious it may not work for everyone, I wanted to share with Revolution golfers that a chipper consciously used as a learning tool helped me gain both confidence AND a feel for the chip shots.

Ah, also, the chipper has a bad reputation around courses in terms of image. I couldn't care less. When you get your chip shots close to the pin whereas the rest of your party spray theirs around the green, you only get interest for the 'tool' and no mockery whatsoever...

Thanks again for the excellent job, Martin!

Thierry (from Belgium)
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Comment from OSCAR L
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7/28/2014 at 1:05 AM
i cannot view the video
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Comment from Walter K
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7/27/2014 at 9:42 PM
Excellent!
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Comment from Jeremiah M
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7/27/2014 at 9:09 PM
Hello Martin,
I liked your review of playing options for the hole you were playing. We need more of these type discussions. We novices tend to pick the most difficult shots. Thanks.

Grace and Peace,
jerry
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7/27/2014 at 9:26 PM
My pleasure. Thanks for the note.
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Question from Tom M
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7/27/2014 at 8:32 PM
Martin...Do you give individual/group lessons at Martis Camp to non members? I live in San Diego and would love to visit Lake Tahoe for some golf this summer.

Tom Morris
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7/27/2014 at 9:28 PM
Hi Tom, I just left your neck of the woods. I was in Carlsbad w the family and commuted to Strawberry Farms to do a school with Bronson. My sessions at Martis are sold out at the moment. Sorry. I have plenty if time this Fall in Phoenix if you want to come out that way.
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Comment from Rebecca B
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7/27/2014 at 3:09 PM
This was so helpful!
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Comment from Anonymous
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7/27/2014 at 2:56 PM
Great demonstration of the options one can take, Martin. I tend to prefer what you call "the last option" as bumping and runnung and picthes are difficult for me. There is nothing as satisfying as so-called "successful flop", but most people should be chipping, for sure.
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7/27/2014 at 12:53 PM
Martin, excellent as always. I especially like showing options for how to play the shot. I'm not sure viewers can see how difficult the shot is from that position, even with your explanation! Also, I like the "putt when you can putt" rule, but golfers may not realize that they are often better off playing the shot they know they can execute over another shot that otherwise should be a higher percentage shot. Then they can practice the higher percentage shot until it becomes a better shot for them.
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7/27/2014 at 9:30 PM
Agreed!
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Comment from Anonymous
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7/27/2014 at 11:45 AM
Thanks for demo'ing what not to do along with what's possibly the best.... Excellent!!!
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7/27/2014 at 11:42 AM
is it true if you use certian clubs ie..pw it carries 50% and rolls 50% or the 8 it carries 30@ and rolls 70% and sw 80% carry and 20% roll..i am new at the sport and have read everything i can on these issues..i find my chipping and putting to be my downfall but everybody tells me that is normal...should i be using one club for chippingand pitching until i get use to that???..thank you
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Answer from Tom J
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7/27/2014 at 5:46 PM
Yes, the chipping clubs have different ratios. But also have to factor in the greens, uphill, downhill, side slope. Generally SW 50/50; GW/PW 1:1, 8 3:1. Different instructors may have different ratios. You have to take a few clubs and a lot of balls and practice for your own ratios. My personal feeling is different clubs and play the roll out to get the ball on the ground as soon as possible. I have friends who swear by using 1 club no matter what. Much of this stuff is personal to you. PRACTICE. LH Tom
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7/27/2014 at 10:33 PM
The best thing is getting out to a green and experiencing how different lofts make the ball react. There is a general "rule" like Tom stated; the lofted clubs create a 50/50 flight to roll and then the roll increases as the loft goes down. Get out there and have fun feeling the differences.
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7/27/2014 at 11:41 AM
Thanks for demo'ing what NOT to do along with a better approach... excellent!
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Comment from Dan B
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7/27/2014 at 8:13 AM
A nice inventive piece. Way to keep it fresh Martin, as usual.
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Comment from Cynthia B
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7/27/2014 at 6:27 AM
I use to use my 56 degree wedge for all close to the green shots. Now I have been experimenting with my shots, using either my 9, 8 , 7 (usually my prefered club), reserving the 56 degree for when I have to go over something with excellent results. I ha an excelent round yesterday, where I shot a 82 (with a 19 handicap)! Thanks for the lesson.
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Question from Anonymous
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7/27/2014 at 6:14 AM
Dear Martin
Am I right to understand that you used a 56" for the best result?
I can say that I have best resultd with my 52" around the green until 40 yards.
Thanks and greetings
Leo
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Question from Anonymous
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7/26/2014 at 11:57 PM
Hi Martin, I noticed in your set up for each of these 3 shots, your stance was closed to the target line, ie your feet were aimed to the right of the target. Is this due to the right to left slope of the ground and you were deliberately aiming to the right of the pin?.....as my understanding of the set up for these types of shots is that you would usually set up with a slightly open stance to the target line?

thanks
Simon
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7/27/2014 at 1:49 AM
Hello Simon, it is common in teaching to have "open" feet relative to start line. I don't like teaching this generality as I find people like to follow through to the target with the club. That is a straight motion away from the geometry of a circle. So...if my stance is square-ish, I'm more likely to allow my swing to go around me. At least that is how I feel.
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Comment from Ron D
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7/26/2014 at 11:15 PM
it s great to see Martin doing difficult shots- this shot is standard play on my course-many holes are much more difficult

thanks Ron
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Comment from Bruce J
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7/26/2014 at 10:00 PM
This is a great video showing options for us mid handicappers that miss greens and need to make the right choice. Thanks Martin
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Question from Anonymous
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7/26/2014 at 9:45 PM
Do you recommend a slightly open stance for the pith, chip and flop? Thanks. Mark
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7/27/2014 at 1:52 AM
Hi Mark, no I don't. Everyone has an open stance and most people that come to me have a really hard time hitting pitch shots. I teach the shot from a straight, square stance with more body rotation.
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Comment from Steven S
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7/26/2014 at 8:54 PM
Steve from N.J.- I really enjoyed this video Martin. Always trying new things around the green.

It sure puts more thought into it, Not just grabbing your favorite club. Thanks,
Steve
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Question from Anonymous
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7/26/2014 at 7:53 PM
Excellent instructional video on course management explaining and demonstrating the options available. It would take a great deal of practice to get the results you got in any one of the three options. I am trying to integrate your practice routines (5 reps w/multiple sets, etc)on the driving range. I am seeing some improvement (avg 3 out 5 shots), but I'm having a great deal of difficulty getting any success on the course. Would you recommend quit trying to play with my golf buddies in a competitive environment until I can gain more confidence in my swing changes? I see the need for on-course practice, but maybe not in a competitive environment. Thanks for another valuable lesson.
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7/27/2014 at 1:56 AM
Keep on playing with your buddies. The nerves and anxiety will start to wane and you'll get back to playing golf like you can while not worrying about your buddies. Besides, keep posting your high scores and soon they will be buying all the beers as your scores will drop faster than your handicap.