First let me say that this guide is and always has been one of the best bits of advise here on the sight. However, there are a few things in this guide that are slightly incorrect misleading. I know that icon has a feel for this, and does address the issue a bit in the updates at the end of the post, but I'm still compelled to suggest sort of my own addendum here.
here are a few things to factor into your shot.
- 1) What is your lie in the rough and how far away is the green. Remember if you are more than 2yds from the green, don't use the chip.
- 2)What is the elevation difference.
- 3)What is the break of the green where your shot will first hit the green. The break may be slight near the hole, but remember that the ball rolls for 75% of the shot. Try dragging the aim arrow to where you think the ball will touchdown, and check the break there also.
- 4)Always practice using 1 type of chip. I always use backspin, very rarely using topspin or no spin, so all distances givin are using backspin.
#2 and #3 need to be swapped in order of importance.
A) You have a 13yd chip from 40/50 rough and the hole is 1ft below you. Your ball is on the edge of the rough, so there should be no problem using the chip shot. Now since you're in the 40/50 rough, more power is needed, but the hole is downhill so there is more run involved. That's the tricky part.
This is the issue...
The slope of the green and the elevation change between the ball and the hole are often mutually exclusive.
Lets assume a level green. If the green if downhill, the ball will have less roll, as it comes down at a steeper angle to the green. The difference is subtle with a chip shot, it is not at all subtle with a pitch.
Lets assume a green with a down slope from the edge of the green to the hole. The ball lies off a false front of the green 2ft. down, and is 13 yards from the hole. You may be compelled to add power since the elevation is up.... this is a disaster waiting to happen. Because the green is above the ball, the ball will land at a more acute angle and have more roll. add the slope of the green to this and you'll be off the green on the other side before you can say $%^#!
thanks for your time. :)