Chipping is an area of the game which can really make a difference to your score. Many players can get the ball up around the green, but are not effective enough when it comes to getting up-and-down.
Chip shots are different to most other types of golf shot as you will generally be performing a smaller swing. These shots are generally played from around the green, and the ball doesn’t have to travel a great distance. As you become more experienced with these shots, you’ll start to get a better feel for how big your swing should be, and how far the ball will travel.
In the video on the following page, a golf coach gives some useful tips for beginners trying to grasp the basics of greenside chipping.
Pick your club
Depending on how you want your shot to act, you should select anything between a 9-iron and a lob wedge (more experienced golfers may opt for a steeper iron to encourage more roll). Basically, the more lofted a club is, the less it will roll after landing.
Position the ball correctly
When approaching the ball, position it around the center of your stance. You should have a narrower stance than for most other shots.
Break wrists immediately
There should not be a huge amount of movement in your shoulders and arms when playing small chips. Instead, your wrists should break early in the backswing, minimizing any unnecessary movement in your upper body.
Accelerate through impact
Even though you are playing a small swing, it is just as important to accelerate through the ball. Failure to do this will result in your ‘fluffing’ the ball, and you’ll be lucky if it even makes it onto the green.
Play ball before ground
Make sure your club head connects with the ball before it hits the ground. Doing this will ensure that you don’t lose any power before impact, giving the ball the best chance of reaching the pin.
Watch the video on the following page.