Video Lesson: Hitting a Bump and Run Shot

By Nick Anson
June 19, 2015


When it comes to chip shots around the green, many amateur golfers will automatically assume they should use a high lofted wedge for the shot.

If you’ve played golf for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard the term “bump-and-run.” You might even know what it means. But it’s important to know when to use the bump and run shot when playing a round of golf.

In the video below, Troy Klongerbo takes a few minutes to explain the bump and run shot and when you should use it:

In this segment of “On the Lesson Tee,” PGA Professional Todd Kolb explains why a bump and run shot can be easier to control, just by using a less lofted club to allow the ball to land sooner and roll out more.

This simple Bump and Run tutorial will help you with your chipping problems in no time!

I’m PGA Professional Todd Kolb here with another segment of On the Lesson Tee, and today I’m going to talk to you about one of the most basic shots in golf: the bump and run shot or the chip shot. Now this is a shot that gives a lot of people difficulties simply because—in my opinion—they‘re using the wrong club.

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So in this particular situation, I’ve got a shot here where I’ve got a lot of green to work with, meaning I can really get the ball on the ground and rolling to the pin. A lot of people will use their most lofted club when it comes to chipping; they just always assume that a chip shot means a sand wedge. So they’ll use a club like I have here, my 58 degree. Now you can be successful using that, but what you’re going to find is that it requires you to hit the ball further in the air, moving your landing spot that much further away from you and, therefore, making the shot a little bit more difficult.

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My preference would be to use a club with a little less loft like I have here, like a 9 iron. That way you can land the ball a little bit closer to where you’re standing, i.e. move your landing spot closer to you, allow the ball to roll to the pin—or bump and run to the pin—which will make the bump and run shot that much easier.

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Now if you’re one of those people who really struggle with chipping, and it’s just a difficult shot for you, you can always go to your putter. Even if the grass is a little bit longer, the phrase of “your worst putt is always better than your worst chip” really rings home in this particular situation.

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So when it comes to hitting the chip shot, be aware of the club that you’re using, get the ball on the ground, get it rolling using the bump and run shot, and you’ll find that those shots finish much closer to the hole.

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