A Beginner's Guide to Golf: How to Get Rid of a Duffed Shot

What are duffed shots?

Duffed shots happen while pitching or chipping the ball. This type of shot refers to a shot that loses distance and height because of too much dirt trailing the ball. If your club digs too deep into the ground before connecting with the ball, a duffed shot is a sure likelihood.

Why do duffed shots happen?

There are a number of reasons for duffed shots. The most common mistake is that the club is not held properly prior to making a chip shot. Another big cause is not turning the clubface open enough, causing the bottom part of the face to dig into the dirt behind the ball. Body movement is another major cause of duffed shots. Below is some helpful advice on how to remedy these three most common mistakes.

How should you properly grip your club to avoid duffed shots?

The top of your club (where your grip is) should be pushed forward, but a duffed shot is likely if it is pushed forward too much. For this reason, check to make sure that you aren't pushing your grip more than about seven degrees forward - in some cases even less. If you find that you are still making duffed shots, straighten your club out a bit. However, don't do so too much, as a straight club - or one that's too slanted to the right - may result in a skulled shot.

What part of the clubface should hit the ball?

In order to get a decent club-to-ball bounce on the ball - which will in turn give you the height and distance you want - you will need to make sure your clubface is angled correctly. An open clubface will ensure that the centre of the face connects with the ball, which is exactly what you want. However, if the clubface is not open enough, you are likely to connect the ground before connecting the ball. This will cause a duffed shot, so avoid it at all costs.

How should the body move when chipping or pitching?

It's advisable to allow your body a lot of flexibility when chipping or pitching the ball. Take note of how your chest moves. If your arms are moving, but your chest is staying mainly still, a duffed shot may be the result. Make a point of moving your chest with the swing, in order to get the most out of each shot you take.