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I N S T R U C T I O N 46 NOV/DEC 2017 SHOULD YOU CHIP OR PUTT? "SHOULD I CHIP OR PUTT WHEN I'M JUST OFF THE GREEN?" THAT'S A QUESTION I GET A LOT. A general rule of thumb is that your best chip will be as good as your worst putt. But, some items to consider before making your decision are the following: • Is the grass in front of the ball laying into you or against you? If the grass is laying towards you, then chip. If the grass is laying away from you (e.g., the grass is laying toward the hole), putt. • How far off the green are you? If you are more than a club length off the green, chip. If you're inside a club length, putt. • How long is the grass where you ball lies? If the grass is more than 1.5 inches to 2 inches thick, chip. If it is less than that thick, putt. My last suggestion for assisting you in making your decision is going with your gut feeling. Whatever you feel most comfortable with doing, chipping or put- ting from that particular spot, is most likely going to provide you the best result due to your confidence or lack thereof. Remember that practice doesn't make perfect, it makes permanent. Please make sure when practicing you are focusing on the basic proper fundamentals of the short game. For additional help, ask your PGA Professional. Eric Lohman, PGA General Manager Monarch Beach Golf Links

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