I sorta agree with both of youJuly 7 2012 at 8:55 AM
McIrishman57 (Login mcirishman57)
SAGF Members 2001
Response to Re: For a true chip
But here is the thing. Rotella forgets a couple of things. There is no denying that rolling a ball through the apron of the green will give you variations on both speed and line. It's just hard to judge through that area. Now on meticulously manicured greens at tour events, perhaps not. But on public courses and munis, once I'm about 6-8" back from the edge of the green I chip.
But if you become proficient at landing your ball on the green to a specific spot, and you can start that ball on it's proper line, you are going to get a much more consistent result - the green is smoother, and truer than the apron.
I will have to watch this weekend, but I don't think I will see many pros taking putter from the fringe - the exception being the British Open and some of the venues that are notorious for their shaved green side area.
Regarding sand play, Bobkys advice is good, and Moe has some great ideas - he played a shallower entry point. If the sand is packed and the lip is low, you can even take putter out of the sand. I know that the pro's preferred miss is a bunker vs the rough, because it is much easier to control the ball. I think sand play is difficult for most of us because we don't practice them enough. Muni's don't favor sand play - it is expensive to keep up, and it slows play down. In my area, three out of the four course I play have no bunkers at all.
Once you learn, it is an easy shot to hit.
Never quit til you have a swing you'll never forget!
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