The Key to Solid Chipping

By: Brendan Green

The Key to Solid Chipping - Chipping Drill 1

Chipping Drill 1

Through many years of teaching club golfers, I believe the key to making solid contact with chipping is making a high to low swing i.e. the club striking the ball with a downward blow. The majority of poor chip shots are made by trying to help the ball into the air, striking the ball with an upward motion. This will, more often than not, see the ball struck with the leading edge and send it running straight through the green.

The Key to Solid Chipping - The Fundamentals

The Fundamentals

The Fundamentals Of The Appropriate Set Up For Chipping

When setting up for a chip shot, we need to promote a position suitable for making a downward strike. Chipping is a simple technique; with the following fundamentals a golfer will have a greater chance of saving his par:

1. Place 70 % of your weight on your front foot (left foot for a right handed player)Mastering the art of chipping will increase your scrambling skills and give you much more confidence in getting “up and down” during your rounds. On days when your irons are not finding the greens, good chipping can keep your score in shape. A good chipper feels more relaxed and confident over his approaches to the green, as he has more confidence that if he misses the green he can still make par or even birdie. For those of you having troubles with your putting, perhaps spend the time on the practice green working on your chipping, and enjoy the agreement from your golfing buddies of the well earned “gimmie.”

2. Lean the club shaft slightly towards your target, with you hands in front of the club-head

Chipping Drill 2

Chipping Drill 2

3. Have your ball position in the middle of your stance

4. Avoid your spine tilting too far to the right, look for a straight spine angle

Chipping Drill 1

Practice hitting chips with the heel of your back foot off the ground. This may feel awkward at first, however this drill will give you a great feel for keeping your weight forward and making a descending blow on the golf ball.

Chipping Drill 2

Practice hitting chip shots with the club on the ground, roughly one foot behind the ball you intend on chipping. This will promote the club swinging upwards on the backswing and making a downward blow on the ball. This will take you a long way towards a solid repeatable chip shot.

 

Extra Tip

Mastering the art of chipping will increase your scrambling skills and give you much more confidence in getting “up and down” during your rounds. On days when your irons are not finding the greens, good chipping can keep your score in shape. A good chipper feels more relaxed and confident over his approaches to the green, as he has more confidence that if he misses the green he can still make par or even birdie.

For those of you having troubles with your putting, perhaps spend the time on the practice green working on your chipping, and enjoy the agreement from your golfing buddies of the well earned “gimmie.”

About Brendan Green

Brendan Green is AA rated Australian PGA golf professional. Before moving to Indonesia he was a teaching professional at the world famous Royal Melbourne Golf Course. He is currently the Advance Club fitting Manager for Titleist Golf. He is available to the public for lessons, and for Advanced Golf club Fittings. He can be contacted at 0811 816 2377 or e-mail: brendan.green@snd.co.id

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