Pro Tips: How to chip: It’s back to the basics

Updated: August 3, 2021

• Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series about chipping:

The average golfer makes chipping too difficult. Incorrect set-up, excessive wrist hinge and release, and bad tempo are some of the most common issues I see. Typical misses are chunks short of the green, skulls across the green, and overall inconsistency.

First, understand that chipping replaces a lag putt. When you hit a green-in-regulation you’re afforded two putts to make par. When you miss a green, a chip replaces your first putt, which would have typically been a lag putt. Thus, the goal of your chip should be to lag the ball close to the hole so you can save par. If you understand this simple concept, you will focus more on distance control than ball contact, which will lead to lower scores.

Continuing on this mindset, you must select the club that you are most confident controlling distance with. Most often, this means using your putter! The only time you should logically use loft is if you can’t physically putt it. If there is a forced carry, then only choose enough loft to carry it then focus back on distance control once it lands. Very rarely is there a tall obstacle or so little green to work with that you need to hit a “flop” shot. Even if there is, sometimes taking our medicine and playing away from the hole is better for our scorecard. So next time you choose your lob wedge just because you make the best contact with it, please think twice.

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