WHO: Tiger Woods
WHAT: 30-foot chip-in for birdie
WHERE: Par-3 16th hole at Augusta National
WHEN: Final round of the Masters
Woods's chip--called a walking chip--was the best shot I've ever seen. His ball was against the edge of the rough, yet he had to hit it extra hard and perfectly clean to impart enough spin to make it stop. If the shot had been hit a hair thin or a little fat, it would've been a disaster. Just as impressive as the execution was Woods's imagination because he said that he'd never practiced that shot and had to invent it on the spot.
How to Hit a Chip Like Tiger's
Position the ball off your back foot and angle the shaft slightly forward to ensure a descending blow. Open the club face slightly (inset) to help create the spin needed to make the ball skip (a.k.a. walk) and then either stop dead or roll down a slope. Keep your weight over the left foot throughout the swing. Simply cock your wrists back and through and make a firm, crisp strike.
T.J. Tomasi teaches at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, Conn., and is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher.