To master tricky greenside chips, especially from gnarly grass like kikuyu, pick a spot on the green where you want the ball to land. Smart golfers use a variety of clubs but always the same swing when chipping, letting the trajectory of the ball determine the amount of run. Here are three steps to follow when chipping.
1. Pick a spot Whether you're 25 feet or 25 yards from the flagstick, select a target three to six feet onto the green.
2. Pick a club The closer you are to the flagstick, the less run you'll need. McCarron was 25 feet from the hole at 18, so he needed a sand or lob wedge. Had the flag been on the other side of the green, he might have used a seven-or an eight-iron to get more roll.
3. Swing away Set the shaft slightly forward so the club and your target-side arm form a straight line. Maintain that line on the backswing (which should be no more than two feet long), at impact and during the follow-through.