How To Chip A Golf Ball
Invest in a good wedge
Having a great short game is crucial when it comes to being an overall great golfer. Most professional golfers know that even the best of them rely on their short game to get out of tough spots on the fairway.
Your short game is the difference between bogeys and birdies on the course. One of the best ways to improve your short game is to invest in a high quality wedge.
If you’ve only used your utility club to dig up an errant ball, then you’ll be amazed by the difference a solid wedge makes. Even if you aren’t able to improve your technique, you’ll still have more confidence when you’re hitting the green because you’ll have a better idea of how the ball will roll when it hits the green.
Use a mid iron to chip
A mid iron can get you out of a variety of situations on the golf course. Chips are known for being one of the most difficult shots in golf. Using the right club will greatly improve your chances of success. You can use a wedge, but it takes a lot of practice to consistently hit one close to the green.
Stand close to the ball and lift the heel off the ground, with the club shaft more vertical
Than horizontal. Continue to step toward the ball slowly.
Address the ball off the toe, and slightly back in your stance
I.e. don't have the ball situated perfectly at the middle of your stance.
Use your putting stroke to chip the ball
Your putting stroke is the perfect system to use for chipping. Most golfers are already comfortable and familiar with it. It requires the right club and precise ball placement for executing different types of chips.
To get started, you need to set the ball – on hard ground, fairway, and soft ground – about a foot away from the pin. Now address the ball from about one foot away and make a full shaped swing in the backswing, and feel the pressure on your arms. The aim is to chip the ball with as little backswing as possible.
Now, use your fingers to feel the pressure on your shoulders and see whether the handlebar grip is aligned with your palm unless it’s your regular grip.
Then take a full swing, but in the last moment, pull your hands into the handlebar grip and then let the broad part of the club face the ball. At the same time, pivot your right foot.
Then swing the club and exhale while you feel the weight of the club on your arms. Also, allow your weight to move forward as you make the impact.
Practice that at home and make a list of all the moves that you have to make for executing a great chip shot.
To control the distance you chip a golf ball, you will have to utilize the basics in your grip, stance and posture. To do this systematically, you will start with your grip.
There are three simple variations to how you can grip the club for a chip shot. The 1-4 Holding the Jaw, Two-Handed grip and the 4-1 Holding the Jaw.
1-4 Holding the Jaw
In this you will hold the club with your fingers on the outside of your jaw (hence the name 1-4 Holding The Jaw or 1-4 JAW). This grip directs the shot more over the heel of the club.
Hold the shaft with the right-hand third of it by your jaw.
Now grip the club with the left hand just by the first and second knuckles.
The club will now sit diagonally in your left hand.
The shaft will sit around a 40-degree angle.
A tighter grip will give you more control but will limit your shot. A looser grip will give you more power but less control.
Grip the club in whatever way you find best for you.
Grip the club with both your hands with the club positioned under the heel.