CHIP SHOTS – STOPPING DISTANCE FROM THE CUP
Over many such similar shots, golfers are unaware of how far they leave chip
shots from the cup. They do not know how this varies by shot conditions, such
as distance of the original shot and ground conditions: rough, fringe and fairway.
They do not know accurately if they are improving, staying the same or getting
This occurs because they do not measure, record and accumulate data. This golfer
uses the form above to record data on chip shots at the practice chipping green
or while practicing on the course.
To save time measuring performance and recording it on a form, I suggest the
golfers hit an odd-number of chip shots (9, 11, 13, etc.). To be comparable,
they should record this data on multiple shots from the same condition, using
the same club. For example, this could be a shot from 25 yards away, from light
rough and using a sand wedge.
Instead of measuring the distance of every chip stop from the cup, the player
measures the distance of only one ball in the group, the middle-distance ball,
called the median shot. When hitting 11 shots, that would be the sixth (five
closer, five longer) closest ball to the cup.
The average median distance you stop the ball from the cup becomes your standard
to beat or maintain. Store the data for future entry and comparison. Have a
separate sheet for different distances, lies and clubs. The golfer will measurably
improve because of more accurate observation of results, recording, accumulating
and summarizing specific data and the motivation that comes from attempting
to beat one’s previous record.