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 deze les gaat over hoe je twee chips kunt spelen, de lage chip and roll of de hoge chip met minder rol op de bal.

De tip van deze maand gaat over hoe je een correctie chip moet spelen.


The duffed chip

“I played today and duffed my chip shot about 2 feet in front of me on the 2nd hole and from then on, it became an absolute nightmare. Every time I had to chip I was so scared of duffing it again that I quit on each and every chip. It’s embarrassing, I know it’s down to decelerating but I can’t stop it. Please help.” A troubled golfer

There’s not one sole reason why golfers duff their chip shots. Maybe they decelerate, flip the wrist, scoop the ball, double-hit......the fault list can be long and some golfers make more than one error from this list. It plays on the mind so much so that some golfers actually prefer to be further away from the hole and have a longer shot!!! How ironic is that!

So where do we start?

When golfers struggle with chipping, I break it down into 3 parts.

1. Visualize the chip-shot. Does the golfer know what shot they are trying to play? Can they picture the shot? Higher trajectory and land it softly? Land it on the green and let it run out? Where’s the landing area? I work on the theory that if you can’t picture can’t hit it successfully time and time again but if you can “picture” the shot that you want to play then we’re a third of the way there. There’s many ways to learn how to “picture” the shot and you need to. 

2. Technique. Get the chipping set-up correct and don’t over exaggerate it.  For example, I play with the stance a little open but my shoulders are square, my weight favours my left side and my hands start ahead of the club-face. These basic chipping set-up details are slightly different than a normal full swing set-up. But don’t over exaggerate them because then the club-head gets too steep as it comes into the ball. With good technique you should be comfortable chipping with a lob wedge down to a 6 iron.



3. Practice and feel the weight of the shot correctly. So many golfers take one glance at the hole, and then take a practice swing where the backswing is 3 times longer than it should be (or they take no practice swing at all). As a result the golfer decelerates on the downswing and barely gets the club-head past the followthrough. Put simply the followthrough finish must match the backswing finish. It must be equal in length or slightly longer.

Next time, we will continue working on the “duffed chip-shot” and talk about part one (“picturing the chip-shot”) in more detail.


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Paul Webb Llano is a fully qualified member of the British Professional Golfers Association and teaches in Benissa at Golf 24 near the roundabout and Rent-A-Giner Benissa . If you want to start following us now then click on 

It should be fun!

De tip van deze maand gaat over het strekken van de rechter arm en het voorkomen van "Chicken wings"

Golf’s Faults and Fixes: Extension and chicken wings!

I wasn’t sure whether to class “poor extension” as a golfing bad habit. Really it’s a position that golfers end up in as a result of bad habits that took place before. Let me explain how I see this.


 “Extension” refers to the straightening of the right arm (see image on the right side on the photos) and the continuation of the club-head along the target line after the ball is on its way.  It’s called “extension” because both arms are fully extended in the initial part of the follow-through “post-impact”. This position is a good point of reference because it is the only position in the golf swing where both arms are straight. It’s a position where the club-shaft is waist high in the follow-through and the right arm and club form a straight line that points directly at the target. After this the left arm begins to fold and the right arm remains straight as the club continues around the body.   

Extending the club down the target line for as long as possible is vital because the longer that the club-head stays on-line then the better the shot-making ability of the player. Add this to a “square” club-face and we have a winning formula.

“The club-head travels into and along the intended target line for as long as possible with the club-face square.”

However the photo on the left side shows a typical position (the chicken wings) that golfers find themselves in. From this position, it’s very difficult to tell what shot the golfer has hit.....because so many inconsistent shots (topping, pull shots, slicing, you name it) result from this position.

Poor extension (chicken wings) normally results from these bad habits:

1. The player makes contact with the ball and immediately stops the club-head. Why do I need to go further if I’ve already hit/made contact with the ball?” I often hear that gem!

2. The lower body moves incorrectly or stops moving completely. The leg action is poor, the hips can’t clear and the hands, arms and shoulders take over. Very common.

3. The player comes over the top. Again because the lower body movement is poor and the upper body starts the downswing. Instantly the swing is lost and an “out-to-in” path follows with the big slice right behind it.

Defining “extension” is easy, curing it is slightly harder. First you must understand the swing concept and then we set about the cure. 


Next month, our fourth fault and fix is “the duffed chip” which has happens to all of us once in a while and I´ll also tell you about our new golf business in Benissa “Golf 24” as well as talk about Milan, Gijs and the Ryder Cup. Busy busy. If you want to start following us now then click on   It should be fun!

The PGA Professional

Paul Webb Llano is a fully qualified member of the British Professional Golfers Association and teaches in Benissa at Golf 24.

Tip van de pro: het shanken van de bal

Golf’s faults and fixes…..shanking!

The "shank" is such a dreaded, disheartening and dangerous golf shot. It’s a miss-hit that all golfers want to avoid. I know golfers that won’t play with others golfer that shank. I also know professional golf teachers that won’t teach golfers that shank! That seems a little unfair to me because shanking can happen to the best of us. As a youngster, I remember seeing the great Jack Nicklaus shank a 1-iron off the tee on a par 3 at St. Mellion...that went a long way right! Then a couple of years ago Ian Poulter, shanked it off the 4th tee at the US Masters, 240 yard par 3 downhill....straight right. That same year Webb Simpson shanked a wedge in the Ryder Cup and at the time he was the current US Open champion. So it happens to the best of us but the difference that I see between the pros and the amateurs is that the pros quickly adjust, move on and forget the shank. Whereas the amateur golfer can turn the odd shank into a bad habit.

So what is a “shank”?

When a golfer shanks, nine times out of ten, the bottom of the hosel (see club-face diagram) makes contact with the ball instead of the club-face and the ball shoots off to the right at a severe angle. On the odd occasion I’ll come across a golfer that shanks the ball by hitting the ball with the outside of the toe of the club....this is obviously very close to an air-shot.

And why do we shank when we are trying not to?  Twenty years ago, I was one of fifteen golfers sitting in a room at PGA school at The Belfry in the West Midlands. The lecturer was Alistair Barr, a formidable Scotsman who wrote the teaching section of the PGA training manual, and the subject of shanking arose. He asked us, “What happens to the club-path when we shank?” and we replied with the usual “too far from the inside” or “too steep from the outside” et al. All the usual answers. So he asked us again, “what’s the one thing that we know for sure is happening with the club-path when a golfer shanks a ball?” Well, it took us a while but we got there when we replied “the club-path has moved further away from the ball than it was at address regardless of the club-path”. Golfers that shank must understand this logical answer in order to start fixing the problem long term. Whether the golfer shanks a full shot or a chip shot, it’s all the same....the club-path has moved further away from you than you want it to.

Once the golfer understands this, I can stop them shanking immediately.


Next week’s golf’s bad habit is topping the ball.


The PGA Professional

Paul Webb Llano is a fully qualified member of the British Professional Golfers Association and will open the GOLF 24 studios in Benissa soon.


Golf’s faults and fixes.....the fat shot!

A common problem amongst golfers that needs to get corrected is the “fat” shot, hitting it heavy. The "fat shot" occurs when the club-face makes contact with the ground before the ball. As the turf comes between the club-face and the ball it kills the energy and the speed of the shot, resulting in the ball travelling shorter distances. Ideally we want the club-face to “trap” the ball and the turf at exactly the same time with the irons and the hybrids. It’s worth noting that golfers MUST NOT touch the ground with a driver but a lot do. So the next time you stand on the tee of a par 4 or 5, that requires a driver, take a look at the teeing area and see how many divots there are...there shouldn’t be any but there will be lots!   


There are several causes to hitting fat shots and many can be easily fixed. The main reason that I see stems from the club-head approaching the ball too steeply. We’re looking to get the club-head travelling on a shallower angle of attack towards the ball that keeps the club-face squarer for long.

So here’s some of the causes....

Poor ball position

Some teachers say that the ball is too close to the front foot. I don’t see that too much. In fact I see the opposite more. If the ball is too far back in the player’s stance and then the descending blow is too steep. So check your ball position.


Releasing the club too quickly in the downswing is another big culprit. Players must maintain the angle between the forearm and the shaft of the club in the downswing and store the power for longer. The timing of the release is vital for good ball striking.


Chilly dipping

In the downswing the golfer dips their right shoulder and causes the body and hands to scoop at the ball. This is commonly known as the "chilli dip". Here the player’s weight normally stays on the right side at impact and the results aren’t good.

Incorrectly transferring the weight

Again the player's weight is on the back foot at impact. There’s a failure to naturally transfer the weight to the left side in the downswing and as a result the club drops in behind the ball and catches the grass first.

Needless to say there are other causes but if you consistently hit the ball fat you must get that sorted for 2016.

Good luck and next we’ll deal with the dreaded shank!!!


The PGA Professional

Paul Webb Llano is a fully qualified member of the British Professional Golfers Association and will soon open the GOLF 24 studios in Benissa, Alicante. 



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