Neil Tappin takes the Mazel Golf Chipper out onto the course at West Hill to see what the performance benefits are and whether this is worth putting into play
Mazel Golf Chipper Review
For some golfers the long game comes more naturally than the short game. If you fall into this category and delicate chip shots threaten to ruin your score, a new approach around the greens could make all the difference.
The Mazel Golf Chipper is designed to offer a different solution for the game around the greens. The shallow profile head has a wide sole to increase forgiveness and the beveled leading edge should help the club get through the turf without digging.
Perhaps the most important element of the design however is in the length and lie angle of the shaft. It is slightly shorter than a traditional wedge and it sits more upright. This promotes more of a putting action and by simplifying the technique, the aim is to help improve the quality of your greenside ball striking.
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We wanted to test the effectiveness of the Mazel Golf Chipper for ourselves so we bought one for $81.50 and took it out onto the course at West Hill Golf Club. We hit a series of chip, bunker and pitch shots with the 45˚ version (equivalent of a pitching wedge). The video below shows the full test and verdict.
That this wedge has been designed with forgiveness in mind is clear as soon as you put it down behind the ball. There is a very generous hitting area and it has a shallow (almost putter-like profile). It might not be the most aesthetically pleasing club to look at in the bag but if it is confidence you are looking to build, this will fit the bill.
The area we struggled with most during our testing was on pitch and bunker shots. We felt as if the lie angle was causing the shots to go left and when making a bigger swing, we weren’t in as much control with the Mazel Golf Chipper as with regular wedges.
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However, there were some areas around the green where the benefits became very clear. When the grass beneath the ball was particularly tight or if the ball was on a slightly muddy lie, the Mazel Chipper (along with a putting technique) came into its own.
We hit a series of shots from very difficult lies and the results were better than we would expect from our own wedges. The simplicity of the technique combined with a club that is designed to be used that way and didn’t get caught in the turf, delivered clean contacts and consistently impressive results.
What’s more, because we were using a traditional putting technique, this way of playing required very little getting used to. Within a few minutes we were hitting good shots from lies that would usually instil fear.
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The key decision for many will be whether they would be prepared to drop a traditional wedge in favour of a chipper. This might restrict the versatility of your shot selection around the greens but for those in more need of consistency, we can see this being a compromise well worth making.
After an hour of short game testing, we could really see the benefits of the Mazel Golf Chipper. If you struggle with your short game or face a lot of scrappy lies around the greens at your course, this club (along with a putting technique) could be the answer. You will have to figure out whether the benefits of added consistency are worth removing a traditional wedge for, but for certain golfers, this could make a big difference.