Becoming a better golfer and reducing your scores can be made easier when you have the correct technique for chipping.
If you can chip better, you will put less pressure on your putting game so that will most likely become much better too, plus you will not be as focused on needing to hit the green in regulation as you can rely on your chipping to rescue any missed greens. This will more than likely improve your iron play as it will free your golf swing up so you can hit much better golf shots into the greens. Your chipping technique can be made simple by following the instructions in this tip.
The best technique for chipping – The best way to chip better is to make sure the set up is consistent and correct. Once you have the set up position, you can then focus on the quality of the strike and the length of swing.
Here are the main factors for a good set up when chipping:
- 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 a 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.
- Grip down on the golf club slightly to gain more control as this will help to reduce the club head speed.
- 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.
- 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 to 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, and aim to have no wrist action after the shot. The leading arm and the club should be in line with each other after the shot.