Beginners Guide To Chipping

In this video, beginners guide to chipping, Dan Grieve, Head Professional at Woburn Golf Club, explains what’s required to deliver a solid contact around the greens.

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Set Up

Let’s start with the setup – get this right and you are 90% of the way there to making good contact.

Firstly, you don’t want too wide a stance – get your feet roughly one club head apart. Your ball position should be just back of centre and you want a slight forward lean of the shaft.

Beginners Guide To Chipping

I like to see the lead foot slightly ‘flared out’, which will help you to get your weight running through your left side. It’s this ‘pivot line’ – from the lead foot, through the knee, hip and shoulder – that you’re going to rotate around.

Another important factor is to make sure that the left wrist is nice and flat. You don’t want to get too far away from the ball and create an angle, because that’s likely to create lots of wrist action. For a chip and run, you’re trying to take the wrists out, which you’ll see me doing in the video above.

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Finally, make sure that your shoulders are level and that your grip isn’t too tight. Most people grip way too tight, so just loosen it a fraction.

Using Different Clubs

I’m not a huge fan of chipping with the same club all the time; it’s much easier to get the ball closer to the pin if you can use the same chipping technique with different clubs.

Here’s a drill to try – and one you can watch in the video with this article. Put a towel down a third of the way onto the green. The aim is to try and land your ball next to the towel and let it run two thirds of the way out to the pin. Use a 9-iron with the normal chipping technique, as explained above.

Beginners Guide To Chipping

Move the towel around and experiment with different clubs – and you’ll soon have a number of different shots in your armoury. For example, with a 7-iron, you’d be looking to carry it approximately 25% of the way with 75% roll.

With chipping, there’s not one single way to play a shot – it’s what you’re most comfortable with. However, if you use a straighter-faced club and get the ball on the green running as quickly as possible, you might have more joy.

Consistency

Lots of club golfers will practice with a different ball to the one they play with – but this makes it difficult to develop a consistent feel around the greens.

Take the TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x golf balls, for example. The TP5 provides a softer feel of the two premium models, as well as increased greenside spin. We may be talking fractions, but so much of the short game is about feel.

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Whichever ball you choose to play with, keep it consistent and use that ball in practice – it could make a big difference.