Okay, so now you may be closer to the green and you have a 5-iron in your hands. You’ll want to keep the ball close to the center (around 2/3 inches) and taking some of the form you learned earlier, get enough under the ball to bring it in the air and have it roll to the pin like a longer version of a putt. When golfers try to get under the ball, one of their first mistakes is to tilt the body back away from the ball. This will often make you strike the ground instead of making contact with the ball. Unlike the other short game tactics, there is a little less to remember about chipping; you need less body movement for this type of shot. When swinging the club, it is important to use your shoulders while keeping your arms straight.