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If you’re having trouble shooting around the green, try this easy hack from GOLF Top 100 Teacher Joe Hallet.

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As talented as you are as a golfer, you are bound to miss some greens. Even Jin Young Ko, who is one of the most accurate approach players in the world, missed the green 20% of the time in 2021 when she led the LPGA Tour in GIRs. With these facts in mind, it is imperative that you are skilled with a wedge in your hands to minimize the bogeys.

Chipshots often seem easy, but sometimes they can be crazy in difficulty. Who among us hasn’t flipped a chip across the green? It’s a feeling we can all identify with.

To help with this crumbling woes, GOLF Top 100 teacher Joe Hallett wrote us a piece this year about a simple trick he swears by. And all you need is a wedge and a sharp object.

Read an excerpt from the article below where Hallett explains how to hit better chipshots.

How do you make better chip shots?

1. Fill in the bottom groove

Take your wedge in your hand like I do here, and color in the bottom groove of the wedge (or wedges) you use most around the green. Don’t worry, this won’t negatively affect the performance of your wedge.

2. Place it under your ball

Once you’ve done that, place a golf ball on the ground so that the logo is parallel to the ground and slide the colored groove so it sits underneath. That’s where you want to make contact with the golf ball.

It’s that simple. The next time you’re chipping around the green, think about sliding the bottom sharp-marked groove under the center of the ball. And yes, it’s perfectly legal – as long as you impress your club before the round and not during the round.

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Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for GOLF.com, where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Before joining the team at GOLF.com, he attended the University of Texas, followed by stops at Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists in all things instruction and covers amateur and women’s golf.

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