7 Lessons for Better Chipping

It’s true. If you want to improve your golf game you really should improve your chipping. Easy words to say, but how do you do it?

Here’s my seven best lessons for improving your chipping;

Brush the ground to learn a perfect strike

Grab a piece of chalk and draw a line (perpendicular to the target line) on some carpet or a golf mat. With a clear mind attempt to hit the chalk line with the bottom of your club. Forget about all the rules and regulations that you may be used to and focus your attention on brushing (striking) the line.

When you can hit the line consistently you’re ready to introduce a ball. Place the ball about an inch behind the line and keep your focus on hitting the line. This objective will make you strike the ball first and the big ball (Earth) second.

To push yourself further close your eyes, first without a ball and then with one. When you can strike the line with your eyes closed your chipping is on the improve.

If you ever get stuck or start mishitting your chips come back to the chalk line. It’s a simple drill that will improve your short game no end. Also remember to brush the chalk line – hit it hard enough to remove some chalk but don’t bash your club into the ground. A smooth and controlled stroke is your goal.

Place the ball off your back foot

This is about as technical as I like to get. If hitting the chalk line is not working or you find it difficult – then move the ball opposite your back foot. This tip makes it easier to hit the ball first and avoid chipping’s biggest mistake – hitting the ground first.

Although placing the ball further back in your stance will result in a lower trajectory, this is much better than duffing chip shots.

Forget about the high lob shot

I know this will not be that popular but unless you’ve spent plenty of time practicing these shots it’s best you don’t use them. Better to play a shot that you feel comfortable with and one that has a higher percentage of success. For most people this will be a 8 or 9 iron (played off the back foot) that is aimed at a portion of the green.

I’m not saying never hit a lob shot. If it’s your only chance then go for it, but if you have an easier and safer option I believe you’ll be better off. This is also a hint to practice those difficult shots until you can play them with more confidence.

Don’t be scared to use the putter

It’s not weak to use the putter from off the green. If you’re not feeling good about a particular chip shot you can always use your putter. It may not be the prettiest option but it can often be the most effective. If you want to shoot the best score possible then don’t worry about playing boring shots – play the shot that has the most chance of success.

I’ve also had tremendous success using my three wood for chipping. The bigger club gives the ball the extra momentum it needs to get through the fringe and the larger sole of the three wood slides nicely on top of the grass. In other words you’ll avoid those dreaded duffed shots.

You can also chip with a 5 and 6 iron. The stroke is similar to a putt but you’re able to get extra impetus on the ball to get through rough and fairway and onto the green.

Use course strategy to avoid those nasty chips

I’m a big fan of playing to my strengths. My ball striking is my strongest asset with chipping the weakest. I have been able to play better golf and shoot lower scores by avoiding chip shots where possible. I’ll shoot away from tight pins if missing the target means I’ll be left with a nasty little chip shot.

Sure, I don’t make many birdies on these holes but I now make less bogeys or worse. I’m minimising the damage and playing to my strengths. I’m sure you’ll surprise yourself with how many shots you can save by playing smarter and away from those tricky pin placements.

This has been one of the hardest lessons for me to grasp but one that has allowed me to reach a higher level of play, have more fun and reach my potential. This type of lesson isn’t usually that popular but it’s worth exploring if you’re serious about your game.

A little practice won’t hurt

You don’t need to spend hours and hours working on your chipping game but some time is beneficial. My advice is to spend 10 minutes per week on hitting the chalk line and thinking about playing smarter rather than the pretty stuff. I know 10 minutes is not much time but this is more than most people devote to their chipping.

Don’t forget to automate

Like all parts of the game I think automation of the chipping game will take your results to new heights. There’s no short cut to automating your chipping. It takes discipline, courage and some persistence. The effort is well worth it because you’ll end up with something remarkable.

    There’s really no magic to better chipping. The biggest key is to play the shots you know you can hit. This means forgetting about hitting chips you think you should be able to play and only attempt those you really know you can play successfully.

    This strategy takes some patience. You may have to putt from off the green and play safely from difficult situations when you’ll be tempted to go for it. It’s not always fun but you will shoot lower scores and this is what most people are after. And shooting lower scores really is a lot of fun 🙂

    Comment using Facebook


    • Jeffrey Hewitt

      Reply Reply July 25, 2021

      Ahaa, its good conversation regarding this piece of writing at
      this place at this weblog, I have read all that, so now me also
      commenting here.

    • Grsoft

      Reply Reply July 25, 2021

      online order prednisone – prednisone 5mg capsules prednisone 10mg tablet price

    • Heidi Major

      Reply Reply July 26, 2021

      I visited multiple web pages however the audio feature for audio songs existing at this site is really superb.

    • Jorge Woodberry

      Reply Reply July 26, 2021

      ciprofloxacin moa ciprofloxacin er 500 ciprofloxacin 500mg tablet

    • Wayne Casarez

      Reply Reply July 26, 2021

      It is perfect time to make some plans for the longer term and it is time to be happy.

      I’ve read this submit and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting things
      or suggestions. Perhaps you could write next articles relating
      to this article. I want to read even more things about it!

    • Fnxkmw

      Reply Reply July 27, 2021

      provigil dosage – provigil online modafinil interactions

    • Robert Soderquist

      Reply Reply July 28, 2021

      I really like it whenever people get together and share views.

      Great blog, continue the good work!

    • Robert Anderson

      Reply Reply July 28, 2021

      Howdy! This post could not be written much better! Going through this
      post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept
      preaching about this. I am going to forward this information to him.
      Pretty sure he will have a good read. I appreciate you for sharing!

    • Charles Hicks

      Reply Reply July 28, 2021

      amoxicillin dosage for dogs amoxicillin 500 cost fish mox amoxicillin

    • Alexander Shirley

      Reply Reply July 28, 2021

      I’ve been surfing online more than three hours nowadays,
      but I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s lovely value enough for
      me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made excellent content as you did, the net can be a lot more helpful than ever

    • Harold Ambrose

      Reply Reply July 29, 2021

      amoxicillin 500 mg coupon amoxicillin 250mg tablets amoxicillin 500 mg price

    • Roy Ellis

      Reply Reply July 29, 2021

      I conceive this internet site has got some real good info for everyone :D.

    • Elizabeth Osborne

      Reply Reply July 29, 2021

      meloxicam dosage goats meloxicam kidney stone warnings for meloxicam

    • Lorraine Reynolds

      Reply Reply July 29, 2021

      Everyone loves what you guys tend to be
      up too. This kind of clever work and reporting! Keep up the great works guys
      I’ve incorporated you guys to my own blogroll.

    • Sharon Mcdonald

      Reply Reply July 29, 2021

      tamoxifen citrate powder nolvadex men tamoxifen macmillan

    • Darlene Delgadillo

      Reply Reply July 29, 2021

      You have made some really good points there. I looked
      on the internet for more info about the issue and found most people will go
      along with your views on this website.

    • Marcus Snapp

      Reply Reply July 29, 2021

      nolvadex after sarm tamoxifen citrate action nolvadex pct

    • Mayola Gozman

      Reply Reply July 30, 2021

      Greetings from Florida! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iphone
      during lunch break. I really like the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
      I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G ..
      Anyways, wonderful site!

    • Fokgxx

      Reply Reply August 13, 2021

      prednisone prices – online prednisone prednisone no rx

    • Mbsref

      Reply Reply August 17, 2021

      ivermectin 4000 mcg – stromectol online generic name for ivermectin

    • ps4 games was

      Reply Reply August 24, 2021

      My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from
      PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
      But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on various
      websites for about a year and am nervous about switching to another platform.
      I have heard good things about blogengine.net.

      Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress
      content into it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • http://t.co/

      Reply Reply August 31, 2021

      Hi there, There’s no doubt that your site might be having web browser compatibility problems.
      When I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks
      fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it’s got some overlapping issues.
      I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up!
      Other than that, excellent website!

    • tether wallet

      Reply Reply October 3, 2021

      57058 861444Some truly exceptional articles on this internet site , regards for contribution. 641508

    • online games

      Reply Reply October 17, 2021

      699459 758144certainly like your web site however you have to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. 414728

    • asmr of

      Reply Reply December 7, 2021

      Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

    • 81532 809022I genuinely enjoy reading on this web site, it holds great articles . 282320

    Leave A Response

    * Denotes Required Field