Best Chipping Golf Drills


Another essential technique to have under your belt is chipping. Chipping is important when you are near the green and close to the hole, and it is an effective way to lower your handicap.


In this section, we will share with you some tips to help you drastically improve your chipping.


a.Your Stance


The first tip to striking a good chip involves your stance. Your stance can determine how much power you hit the ball with. Since you do not want to hit the ball with too much power, you want to ensure that you have the best stance.


With this, there are three things to consider:


  • How wide you should open your feet
  • The distance between you and the ball
  • The position at which you place the ball.


Let's take a look at each:


When considering how wide your feet should be, you want to ensure that the distance between your feet is about 1.5 feet. This will ensure that you strike the ball with just the right power for the chip shot.


The second thing is the distance between you and the ball. With this, you want to make sure that you are at a good distance away from the ball. Ensure that you are at most four golf head widths away from the ball. This is a sweet spot distance to place the ball since it gives you enough room to swing and get the strike you want.


In addition, you want to ensure that you do not place your ball too far back. When you place the ball too far back, it causes your club to hit the ball while it is descending, causing you to chunk the grass before hitting the ball. You want to ensure that the ball is placed in-between your legs or slightly forward. Doing this enables your swing to flat out before hitting the ball, giving you good contact with the golf ball.


When you place your ball too far back in the stance, what happens is that the club swings at a descending angle, which makes it more likely to hit the field before hitting the floor.


b.Controlling Your Golf Club


Chipping the ball has more to do with how well you control the golf club than your hand and body technique. You want the club to swing in a controlled manner together with your body. What this means is that you want to restrict the wrist motion as much as possible. When you engage the wrist during a chip shot, you will realize that the club works independently giving you less control over the strike. Therefore, the goal here is to ensure that you eliminate the wrist hinge.


The wrist hinge is only needed when you are pitching since you will require more distance; however, with chipping, you want to keep this wrist hinge at a minimum.


To do this, you want to follow the following steps:


  • Take your set-up position, and place the club head of the golf club just behind the golf ball.


  • Then you want to lift your golf club upright to stick the clubhead or the toe of the club down into the ground. This will ensure that the club is a bit inclined as it touches the ground.


  • Then, place your left hand at the center of the grip and then hold the club tightly. After holding it tightly, place your right hand immediately after the left hand and grip the club with both hands. In this position, the thumb of your right hand should be at the tip of the grip almost getting to the shaft. You do not want the whole bottom of the club touching the floor but just the toe.


  • This is how you want to grip the club; you want your grip to be at the middle and lower end of the grip or geared towards the shaft.


  • Finally, in this grip position, you want your left and right arms to be fully stretched out as you swing, strike, and during your follow-through.


By gripping the club this way, you will notice that when you hit the ball, it should pop off at a moderate speed and power. This grip will also ensure that your whole upper body moves effortlessly in a pendulum motion with the club to give you the perfect low-power strike. This grip also eliminates the use of the wrist when striking the ball to eliminate any flicking of the ball.



c.Head And Chest Movement


Your head and chest movement are important during a chip. With this, I want you to rotate your head and chest towards the target when you are about to strike the ball. You do not want to stay down or keep your head still while you hit the ball.


Also, instead of getting the shoulder dipping a bit to the right side of your body, you want to get your shoulder into a neutral position. The idea here is to get the shoulders leaning more towards the target before you strike. What this means is that you want to get your right shoulder feeling high rather than dipping down.