Good chips (and pitches) hinge on making ball first contact. But some weekend golfers find this difficult to do. Practicing the drill below, which requires a one-inch thick book, a desk chair, and foam or plastic practice balls, ingrains the feel of making ball first con-tact.

Place the book three inches behind a plastic or foam ball. Position the chair a few yards in front of you. Make sure you have room to make a short shot without hitting the chair. Now make some chips into the back of the chair. Try to hit the backrest.

To make ball first contact, you must rotate through the shot while transferring your weight forward and keeping your front wrist firm. The club’s loft provides all you need to get that ball in the air. Move the chair back and forward to practice different trajectories.

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