Chip And Run Technique Explained

A super drill to help you perfect the chip and run technique

Chip And Run Technique Explained
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Chip and run technique explained

It's a shot that every golfer should have in their arsenal as it can bail you out from most positions around the green. In this must watch video, Dan Grieve, Head Professional at Woburn Golf Club, demonstrates a super drill to help you play the chip and run...

This shot is certainly one that you need to have in your armoury - so be sure to give the video a watch.

Chip And Run Technique Explained

Common Faults

One of the most common faults I see with the chip and run is where a player sets their weight onto the back foot in an attempt to try and help the ball into the air. All this does is make the low point of the swing too far behind the ball.

The result? Plenty of fat and thin strikes. The low point of the swing is where the sole of the club is nearest to the ground. When striking the ball, we are looking to have this low point just ahead of the ball.

Related: Beginners Guide To Chipping 

Finding The Low Point

To help find the low point and therefore get a consistent contact, practice by setting up to the ball as normal and bring your right foot all the way back behind you, so you’re on your toes.

Chip And Run Technique Explained

When doing this drill, you’ll find all your weight is now on the left side. The goal is to make sure you stay in this position as you hit the shot. By replicating this drill, you should find yourself starting to strike the ball much more cleanly.

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Additionally, it helps you to develop that feeling of just how the weight should be staying on your left side as you chip. With the chip and run technique explained - and with a little work on this drill - you'll be better equipped to make more up-and-downs.

Dan Grieve
Top 50 Coach

Location: Woburn GC  

Dan is one of the leading coaches in the UK, a Fellow of the PGA and a short-game virtuoso. He has had considerable success with a collection of tour pros, helping them to Order of Merit titles and major victories, and his Short Game School is the most attended in the UK. His students, past and present, include Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Inci Mehmet and Iona Stephen.

Most common problem:

Swing – over the top , help by getting the basics correct at address and making them aware how to get the club online coming down.

Short game – creating spin and feel around the greens, help by educating on what the short game actually is (weak on purpose) and understand bounce and how they can apply it to different lies/situations.

Greatest success story:

Helping Georgia Hall from World No. 450 to No. 6 and winning a Major, two Order of Merits and Solheim Cup appearances.

Greatest teacher:

Alex Hay was a great influence during my first few years at Woburn. In sport more generally Sir Clive Woodward has taught me how to deliver at the highest level.

Most common fault:

Flipped right hand (hands behind the ball). Understand a correct coil/load going back and how to sequence better coming down so the chest opens up and gives the arms space to deliver a stronger impact. Lots of body action drills to enhance the feel, with and without the ball.