How to Make the Perfect Chip Shot

by John Wagner

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    In an 18-hole round of golf, you'll likely have multiple opportunities to hit a chip shot. A chip shot is a low, running shot played from just off the green. You can chip with different clubs to make the ball roll more, or less, once it hits the green. To perfect your chip shot, learn to select the right club and execute the proper technique. Regardless of your golfing ability, learning to perfect your chip shot can help lower your score.

    Items you will need

    • 7-iron
    • 8-iron
    • 9-iron
    • Lob wedge
    • Sand wedge
    • Gap wedge
    • Pitching wedge

    Step 1

    Select the club to chip with based on how far away your ball is from the hole. Chip with a lob wedge, sand wedge, gap wedge or pitching wedge if your ball is close to the hole. The loft on all wedges will help the ball spin more and roll less. The lob wedge has the most loft and will produce the most spin of any wedge. The sand wedge has more loft than the gap wedge, and the gap wedge has more loft than the pitching wedge. Chip with a 7-, 8- or 9-iron if your ball is farther from the hole. The lower loft on the 7-, 8- and 9-iron will allow the ball to roll a greater distance when it hits the green. The 7-iron has the lowest loft and the 8-iron has less loft than the 9-iron. Allow for the most roll with the 7-iron.

    Step 2

    Grip down on the golf club so you can stand closer to the ball. Narrow your stance so your feet are only a few inches apart. Position the ball back in your stance, off the inside of your right foot, and put the majority of your weight on your front foot. Press your hands forward so they're positioned ahead of the ball.

    Step 3

    Keep your wrists firm and swing the club back only a short distance. Keep the majority of your weight on your front foot as you swing the club. Your shoulders and hips will turn only a bit. Swing forward and strike down on the ball. Keep your wrists firm as you impact the ball. You should make a very small divot after striking the ball. Follow through the same distance as you swung the club back. The ball should have a low trajectory and roll towards the hole when it hits the green.

    Tips

    • Clean the grooves on your club before hitting to help your chip shot spin the proper amount.
    • Practice chipping with different clubs to learn how far the ball will roll once it hits the green.
    • Allow for the ball to roll forward when choosing where to land your shot.

    Warnings

    • The club should never get above knee level when making a chip shot swing.
    • Don't try to lift the ball up in the air; trust the clubhead's loft.

    About the Author

    John Wagner is a certified golf instructor and professional golfer with more than 10 years of experience. As a certified GolfTEC, TPI Level 3 and Chuck Cook Golf Instructor, he has given more than 9,000 golf lessons.

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