Cure – Stop Pulling Chips Left

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

9 Responses to “Cure – Stop Pulling Chips Left”

  1. One comment ,Paul ,and one question :
    -comment :you seem to have your stance slightly open :is that correct ? My own stance is perfectly perpendicular to the target line
    -question :some teachers advise you to take a small pivot :I don’t :I move back and forth in straight line.Am I right ?
    I have drills at home in my basement every single day for putting and chipping (up to 25 feet ):I’ve become pretty good at both exercises and it does save me a lot of strokes during a round.

    • August 20, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      These shots don’t require a ton of lower body. Open up and you get through it better.

      You should not be pivoting. This many cause you to get stuck on the back foot at impact. Weight 80% on left and keep it there throughout the stroke. This tip will be coming soon.

  2. Paul ,I play a version of this chip shot which is akin to a “semi flop” shot :to do so I position the ball off my left instep,I pull my handle back (The shaft of the club is vertical or slightly behind the clubhead ) and I try to “squeeze”or “slip ” the clubhead beneath the ball .Of course there has to be enough grass supporting the ball to do so .
    I find this shot is useful when the green is surelevated compared to the fairway close by and you don’t dare take a full” flop”shot “A la MICKELSON “,which is pretty tough to pull off and that a true chip shot will have the ball Rolling too much if the pin is close to the edge of the green .
    Would you play this shot the same way ?

  3. August 21, 2014


    Paul,Philip here from Ireland. I have been diligently practising your technique in my back garden all summer and bringing it to the course. Just wanted you to know that today at last I shot my best ever round – 87. Big achievement for me as for a while I felt I was going backwards instead of forwards! I am hitting a couple of really effortless shots in every round now and it has me excited about my game. It really is a struggle against human nature to resist wanting to just swing at the ball as hard as I can or direct it in some way. But I am really pleased that slowly but surely I am making progress through your method.

    Sometimes I struggle with pitch shots from 4-6″ rough, ball sitting up, or maybe 1″ below, and the shotl doesn’t make it very far. Maybe you might be able to do a tip on that sometime. Or maybe you already have. Anyway, just to let you know, I appreciate your daily dedication to bringing us higher handicappers on! thanks again.
    P.S. Its been a great summer in Ireland for golf and everything else!

    • August 21, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      That’s great news. Seems like you are starting to get it.

      The effortless shots are a good sign. Keep trying to feel this on every shot. If you felt it once you can do it again and again.

      Keep in mind that when I say your arms are powerless and you feel like you are not hitting anything you are still putting tremendous force into using your legs and hips. I am not babying it when I hit the ball.


      It’s An Unmistakable Feeling In Your Legs:

      Follow this tip from long rough around the green:

      Chipping – Pop Shot:

      Ball sitting up and you have to grip down the amount it is sitting up so you don’t go under it.

      I used to teach a golfer named Tim Rice from Limerick Ireland. I took him from nothing to winning the Order of Merit on the EuroPro Tour that year (2004?). Most of this was done online watching video of his swing. He came to see me for 1 week of lessons. Despite my trying to get a hold of him many times he just disappeared. I guess he thought he could do it on his own. That never happened because he just faded away since he worked with me. Now he rarely makes a cut. Probably kicking himself now.

  4. October 10, 2020


    I assume this problem also applies to all your full shots with all your clubs? Club face; club plane; buckling lead arm can all lead to hitting ball to left? I’m having this problem of having many of my shots going left of my target.

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      October 12, 2020

      Paul Wilson

      Pretty much. If you are hitting shots left or pulls then this is the arms in the downswing. use your arms and this will make the upper body tilt left and make the club path go over the top. I have a great series on Over the Top shots and their cures, start with this one:

      Over The Top – To What Degree Are You?:

  5. October 11, 2020


    Hi Paul,
    I have a symetric problem on short pitch.
    From time to time, my stroke goes directly on the right (i’m right hander).
    However, i use your technic “hinge and turn”, and it works most often.
    Thanks for your answer

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