Stricker was a hell of a good player. I also think he was a little lucky that he struck his hot patch in a period prior to some of today's greats (DJ, Speith, Rory et al) establishing themselves and Tiger being on his wane period. I also think of DeChambeau as being someone successful who plays without a ton of lag. Being tall, athletic, strong really helps. Perhaps his swing isn't one for the smaller or weaker player? Good example of someone who gets a lot of his power through rotation.For me those short chip shots are all about commitment. Of course you have to get the club and ball to meet at near bottom of arc. I've found some coaches nowadays always seem to quote "use the bounce". I find this can be a little confusing and sometimes think they don't quite know what they're talking about, but they actually suggest almost flipping or pre releasing the hands before impact. I have tried this method and it takes a good lie and steely nerves. The fear of blading it over the green is real. However when you can pull it off and trust your swing, it can work well. The other thing they all seem to say is pick a spot on the green that you want the ball to land before rolling out. I always struggle with this concept and rely upon feel. I'd say the best exponents of short game would be very good at visualising where they land the ball and pulling that shot off. There are some other little things I do for a short chip. If I need to get extra height I also play it closer to the body and clubshaft more vertical. Some lower chips you can experiment with the method of extra vertical shaft and play it off the toe. So you reduce the amount of surface area or contact point of the club and the grass. It can minimise possible flubbed chips. Grip..strong or weak can alter trajectory. Ball position obviously. Practice is the best cure for chipping blues in my opinion. Hence I've just joined a new club which has some decent practice facilities. It's a massive boon joining Bonnie Doon. Finishing with a rhyme...mic drop...lol.
best comment on this so far imo...commitment...love it,and its the root cause of most poor chips imo,for me,i absolutely use lasr 3 fingers on left hand (righty)and unload to bottom of swing down the plane of the swing,sometimes to ensure "commitment" i may give it a bit of right elbow into shot insuring i take it all the way down,thats maybe using bounce?