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Hi, I'm Johnny Miles, Head Golf Professional at the Lake Powell National Golf Course in Page, Arizona, and I'm going to show you how to improve your basic chipping technique so you can lower your scores. Now, you can chip with a variety of golf clubs; all the way from a fairway wood to a hybrid, five iron, eight iron, pitching wedge, sand wedge; but, you only need one technique. These are the variables. You are the fix constant. Now, I like to take one golf club and keep it simple. So, when you chip, don't get into a lot of different angles and don't try to use parts of your body that you shouldn't use. You can shove down a little bit, that makes you just a little closer to your work, it's a little easier. Okay. Ball's going to be fairly neutral. Again, that can change in the level land. But, like any other part of the game, in chipping, there's only two parts; there's the back swing and there's the forward swing. Two parts. Now, when you start the back swing, the hands in the club, start it back, just like that. On the forward swing, you take your arms and you swing the club at your target out in front of you. You can keep your arm in the ball, but, the ball is not the target. Your target's out in front of you. Now, one really nice little key to remember is the hands in the club started back, the arms swing it forward and the key is brush the grass. If you try to lift the ball up in the air, you're going to blade it, you're going to hit it off the bottom of the club head, okay. And, if you try to make the ball the target, you're going to quit. And that's called de-acceleration and that's no good. So, you want to take your club, choke down a little bit, give ball position. Hands in the club, start it back, use your arms and swing the club at your target. If you do that, you're going to have a lot of good chip shots. And if you practice, one solid technique, you can use it on all your clubs. And I want to see you lower your scores. So, practice that for me, will you? I'm Johnny Miles.