- When setting up for a chip shot, we have to take out the power elements of our golf swing set up. Adjusting the stance is a great way to reduce power so aim to create a stance that is much more narrow than normal. Aim to have about one and a half feet of distance between your feet at set up. This will reduce the power that your swing can produce which is needed for such a short shot.
- Ball position - Aim to place the ball in the middle to slightly forward of middle in the new narrow stance position. The main reason for this is so we return back to the impact area with a similar amount of loft applied at set up. If the ball position is too far back the golfer can become tempted to dig at the golf ball and potentially lean back away from the target.
- Grip down on the golf club slightly to gain more control as this will help to reduce the club head speed.
- The weight distribution at set up needs to slightly favour the front foot by about 55%-60%. It is also important to keep this forward weight distribution throughout the golf shot to guarantee a good contact with a slight downward blow into the golf ball.
- Make sure the backswing stroke and the follow through stroke are roughly the same length on both sides to each other. This will help when judging your distance control with your chipping technique.
- Minimize the amount of wrist action you use when chipping to help reduce the chance of flicking or scooping when you come to hit the golf shot. A small amount of wrist hinge will and should happen during the backswing, but ideally when coming in to strike the golf ball you should reduce how much wrist action takes place, by aiming to have no wrist action after the shot. The leading arm and the club should be in line with each other after the shot.
Chipping can be a very tricky part of the game.
You may find it difficult because your technique is incorrect or you lack in confidence. Either way, things can change and get better. This tip is designed to help use more options around the green and also to help with a new style or grip to help build confidence again.
General chipping technique:
Key tip - A different grip option may be the way forward also; this will help banish the demands if you are a bad chipper. The best alternative grip option when chipping is to hold the golf club like a putter. As a rule, a putting grip is designed to eliminate wrist hinge and break so it is brilliant for chipping short distances.
Chipping with many different golf clubs in your set will also help to improve your chipping skills. Many more golfers now chip with lower lofted golf clubs such as a seven to eight iron, but it is worth thinking about chipping with a hybrid or fairway wood. The little loft of the golf club manages to lift it just enough to get over some uneven ground but then very much acts like a putter once it has landed.
Remember when chipping with a low lofted club that the golf ball will come out fast so do practice this skill before taking it on to the golf course.