Winning Edge with Lin

Wed 28 Jan 2015

Winning Edge with Lin

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Saving pars in Asian Tour events is as vital as shooting birdies or eagles. There are times when you have to keep the momentum going by ensuring you scramble for a par whenever you miss the green in regulation.
Obviously every professional golfer would prefer to stay out of trouble over 72 holes but that is never the case considering how tough golf courses are set-up for Asian Tour events.
Hence, getting an-up-down to save a par is crucial for professionals and amateur golfers. Let me give you a simple guide on how to execute a successful up-and-down.
Step 1 – Chipping
Maintain a relaxed grip to ensure that you do not use too much strength. Always remember to keep your club face open to create some spin on your ball.
Step 1
Step 2 – All in the hips
When you hit the ball, you should turn your hips. Do not use your hands to create impact as that will cause you to mishit or misjudge the weight of your shot.
Step 2
Step 3 – Finishing
When you finish your swing, your club should be slightly aligned with your hips.
Step 3
Step 4 – On the green
I keep my weight balance (50% on each feet) when I’m setting up to putt.
Step 4
Step 5 – Relaxed grip
Again, it is very important to have a relaxed but firm grip. Notice in this photo how I do not clench my grip into a fist? Keep your fingers relaxed.
Step 5
Step 6 – Putter face
I always aim to hit the ball slightly higher instead of hitting it in the middle. I do this to have more speed on the ball when I’m on the green. After hitting the ball, your putter should finish in the same position as your putting line.
Step 6