Tips From the Tour - Webb Simpson on the Short Side Chip

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As his winning chip on the 72nd hole of the 2012 U.S Open proved, Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpson knows a few things about getting it up and down.

Saving pars and scrambling to avoid big numbers is key to scoring and Webb, who is competing in this week's Presidents Cup Matches, is a perrenial leader in scoring statistics on the PGA Tour. He is currently ranked 13th with a 69.811 average.

As Webb sees it, a big part of scoring well comes from knowing how to manage those times when we get into trouble.

"What I see most amateurs do wrong is when they get in trouble, they seem to get in more trouble," Webb said. "Instead of trying to hit it a foot or two feet when you're in trouble, just give yourself a putt for par."

In this week's Tip from the Tour, Webb provides a great example of course management, sharing his mental strategy as well as his wedge technique when facing the dreaded short-side chip.

Leave a comment and let us know if Webb's tip helps you to avoid some ugly numbers on your scorecard. Also tell us what other tips you would like to see in the future.

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5 Replies

  1. Roland C

    Great Tip!  Keep It Simple!  Makes So Much Sense!

  2. stanley b

    great atwmsoqdvice for high & low handicaps!!!

  3. chris m

    he makes that shot look easy. nice.

  4. david b

    Sensible good percentage advice I need to remember to follow it & eliminate the fat and thin disasters!

  5. Fred C

    That's a great tip. We ALL have to play this shot and few play it correctly. As WS said, get it on the green and leave yourself a putt. As an extra, practice this shot two ways:

    1) keep your wrists firm, as if they were in a cast (this is an old Ken Venturi trick). This yields very consistent contact and trajectory.

    2) try it with very "oily", loose wrists to "flop" it more. The looser the wrists, the greater the variance, but you will get more height on the shot.

    These are STROKE SAVERS. You may not always get "up and down", but you will take the "flub" out of play.