Want to know how to chip in golf? In golf, there’s a saying that goes like this: “Drive for show, putt for dough”. It’s a cute way of explaining that your game is all about the score you get. It doesn’t matter if you hit the ball the farthest or most accurately. That said, I’ve never really heard anyone say anything about chipping for dough. The term “chipping” refers to when you’re too close to the green to take a full swing but still have to get over a bunker or rough.
Chipping isn’t glamorous, and that’s why people don’t talk about it as much. But it can be great fun, and good chipping skills are vital if you want to be a great golfer. In this guide, we’ll look at some tips you can use to improve your chipping game. So you can become an expert chip-shot artist.
Step 1: Place your hands in front of the ball on the grip. Make sure they’re both equidistant from the centre of the ball.
The next step is to place your hands on the golf club in front of the ball. You want to make sure that both hands are equidistant from the centre of the ball, so if you have a tendency to hook or slice, it may be helpful to make sure that one hand is slightly higher than the other. Make sure that your wrists are firm and don’t let them flex as you swing back; keep your arms straight instead!
Now take a deep breath and picture yourself hitting an amazing shot—the perfect amount of power behind it. Swing back as far as feels natural for you, without over exaggerating or putting unnecessary stress on yourself.
Step 2: Position your body weight over your left foot (for right-handed players).
Now that you understand what kind of grip to use, it’s time to learn how to position your body weight over your left foot (for right-handed players).
If you’re going to chip in golf, the key is to have a balanced stance. Your weight should be on your left foot and your right foot should be behind it. This will help keep the clubhead level during contact with the ball. The further back you can get that right foot without losing balance or making any other adjustments, the better chance you’ll have of hitting solid chips.
Keep in mind that there are many ways that people hold their bodies over their feet when they’re chipping—your setup may not look like someone else’s exactly but as long as there’s an even distribution of pressure between both feet and shoulders square onto target line then whatever works for them will work for you too!
Step 3: Keep your wrists firm. Don’t let them flex as you swing.
As you’re chipping, keep your wrists firm. Don’t allow them to flex as you swing. Your arms should remain straight throughout the entire motion and don’t release naturally after impact with the ball. You should also avoid allowing a soft touch with the ball that sends it towards the ground instead of into flight.
Step 4: Allow your hands to release naturally as you strike the ball.
To chip in golf, allow your hands to release naturally as you strike the ball. This makes sure that there’s no additional tension in your grip and allows for a soft touch with the ball.
Be sure that your wrists are firm at impact. In order to do this, keep them bent slightly so they’re not stiff or locked out at all times during your swing. Your arms should be straight during impact, but don’t let them lock out either: they should remain loose enough to allow for some bend towards the end of your follow-through.
As you swing back on a chip shot, keep your weight centred over both feet instead of favouring one side or another (this will be important when you get into more advanced chipping techniques). As long as you’ve practiced keeping good posture during practice sessions beforehand—which we’ll discuss shortly—you should find this part very natural!
So, what’s the ideal way to make a chip shot? In essence, that’s really up to you. As we’ve reviewed here, different golfers have different preferences on how they set up their shots and how they prefer to swing. The important thing is to find out what works best for you.