Golf Chipping Drills and Tips

Chipping Tips

Chipping - How to:
When setting up for a chip shot you should have your feet fairly close together, about a foot apart, with your weight on your forward foot (left foot for right handed golfers). You should almost be able to lift your back foot right off the ground. Keep your hands ahead of the ball, and make a short back stroke and follow through (always keeping your hands ahead of the ball and no wrist break - like a putting motion). Keep your legs and upper body still - only your arms and shoulders should be moving during the stroke. If your wrists break and you try to "help" the ball up into the air this will de-loft your club and you will most likely "skull" the ball, getting no lift at all.

Chipping - which club do I use?
I always used to have trouble with my chipping - I didn't know any better and would use a wedge and try to land my chip shot close to the pin. My chipping became much more consistent once I learned the following:

You can chip with pretty much any club in your bag. For a more accurate shot, you want to get the ball rolling on the green as soon as possible, rather than have it flying through the air all the way to the pin. Here is how to choose the correct club for the shot you need to make:

Pitching Wedge - for every foot in the air it will roll approximately 1 foot.
9 Iron - for every foot in the air it will roll approximately 2 feet.
8 Iron - for every foot in the air it will roll approximately 3 feet.
7 Iron - for every foot in the air it will roll approximately 4 feet.
and so on.

So, for example, if you are 4 feet off the edge of the green, and the pin is 4 feet in, you would choose a pitching wedge and try to land the ball just past the fringe on the edge of the green, and have the ball roll the rest of the way to the pin.

If you are 3 feet off the green and the pin is 12 feet from the edge of the green your best bet would be the 7 iron, chipping it 3 feet in the air so it lands just on the edge of the green.

Of course, these figures will vary depending on the speed of the green, and whether you are chipping up or downhill, but if you use this as a general rule of thumb, I think that you will find your chip shots getting much closer to the pin.

Golf Chipping Drills:

Target Practice
When chipping you want to get your ball in the air, just past the edge of the green and have it roll the rest of the way to the pin. Thus, the thing that is going to improve your chipping the most is distance control. This is something that you can easily practice in your back yard. Set up a small target laying flat on your lawn, and practice landing the ball on that target (pretending it's the edge of the green). Start from about 3 feet away. If you can make 5 balls in a row land on your target (landing before the target and bouncing on to it doesn't count!) then move back 1 foot and start again. Make sure to practice this with all of your clubs, not just your wedges!





Improve Your Golf Game Home Page - Back to the home page
  Golf Swing - Build a consistent, accurate, powerful golf swing
    Correct Golf Slice - How to fix your golf slice in just 15 minutes a day
    Physics of Golfswing -
    How to Build Your Golf Swing - Free tips on building your golf swing
    Inside Approach Swing Trainer - Teaches you to swing the club on the correct inside path
  Short Game - Tips and drills to improve your short game
    Putting Tips and Drills - Improve your putting
    Chipping Tips and Drills - Improve your chipping with these golf chipping drills
    Momentus Short Game Wizard - Improve your short game with this trainer
  Improve Your Mental Game - Build confidence in your game
  Golf Tips for Beginners - Want to give golf a try? This may help
  Golf Links - Links to other golf sites
Ultimate Golf Directory - Golf's ultimate search engine
UGD's Top 100 Golf Sites - The Ultimate Golf Directory's Top 100 Golf Sites
Visit Top 100 Golf Sites - Tons of free tips, info on equipment, and more