Chipping 101 with Mike Hill, Associate Golf Professional at The Links at Terranea
A chip shot spends more time on the ground than in the air. It is the most fundamental short game shot and should be the most utilized. A chip shot can be struck with any club in your bag, and should be your first option when putting is not possible. Let’s review the fundamentals of chipping...
- Make sure that you have a neutral grip for chipping. Too strong of a grip will make it hard to get the ball airborne.
- Place the ball in the center or slightly back of center of your stance
- Place more of your weight on your forward foot, but make sure your head is even with the ball
- Check that your hands are positioned in front of the ball.
- The stroke is controlled by the upper torso and arms swinging around your spine. Tip: Chip with headcovers underneath both arms to sync your body and arms together.
- Be sure that you are not breaking your wrists during the stroke. Checkpoint: Make sure that when you finish, the end of the club is pointing directly in the middle of your torso, and your hips and torso are starting to turn toward the target. If the club is pointing back towards where the ball was, you have used too much wrist action.
- Feel that the club is staying low to the ground in the follow through. This will ensure that you have a descending angle of attack into the golf ball.
Now it’s time to practice! We have a great short game practice area at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and it is included with your resort fee! Not staying with us? The practice area is available for public use for ten dollars per day. Golf balls are included. If you have any questions about chipping, stop by the Golf House and we will be happy to help you with your game. See you on the Links!