How to play the toe putter chip

Facing a delicate chip from a tricky lie? Ged Walters explains how to play the toe putter chip to help you escape with your score in tact.

How to play the toe putter chip

One of the toughest challenges you’ll face on the course is a delicate chip from a difficult lie. When the ball isn’t sitting perfectly, you want to swing with conviction. So how do you do that when the flag isn’t far away and the ball is on a scruffy patch of grass?

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One option is to hit the ball with the toe of your putter. Turn the putter around, take your normal putting grip but narrow your stance a little and place the ball a fraction behind centre in your stance. You should also set a little more weight on your left side than usual. This will help you find the downward angle of attack into the ball that will prevent the club from getting snagged in the grass.

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Now just make a normal putting stroke. The ball will pop out of its lie and roll nicely onto the green. Of course, this shot does require a little practice but it is worth it for whenever you face a nervous chip from a difficult lie.

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Turn the putter round so the toe sits behind the ball and the face is aiming at you.

Move the ball a fraction behind the centre point in your stance so your hands are ahead of the ball at address.

Set a fraction more weight on your left side and make a normal putting stroke. This is how to play the toe putter chip so now you need to devote time to perfecting it. Hit the shot from a range of different spots around the green - from different lie and to different targets. Twenty minutes later and you'll have a pretty good feel for how to play it and how to control the distance.

Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

Neil has worked for Golf Monthly for over 15-years. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. Neil is currently a 2-handicap golfer who has played the game for as long as he can remember. In his role at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

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