Chip and Pitch It Like the Pros

By Doug Spencer
January 22, 2015


There’s no doubt that the long game in golf holds the most appeal for the majority of golfers. Go by a driving range and see how empty the chipping and putting greens are.

Being long will get you within striking distance of the green, but without a solid short game, you will be missing your opportunity to lower your score.

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Very few of us will ever have a long game like the pros, but everyone including the beginner golfer can learn how to putt and chip with consistency.

The short game doesn’t take the hand eye coordination, speed and flexibility it does to hit 280+ yard drives.  With some imagination, creativity and time spent working on proper technique you can learn how to chip and pitch like the pros.

Step One: The Chip Shot- Setting Up for Success

In this lesson, we will focus on the chip shot.  These are low bouncing shots that are typically used in situations where you are a yard to 30 yards from the green.

Setting Up For Success: How to Hit Solid Chip Shots

The typical error I see in chipping is the player trying to lift the ball in the air. They are set up with their weight shifted away from the target leading to fat shots.

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To strike the ball cleanly we need to focus on an address position which allows us to strike the ball first:

The lowest part of your swing arc -where the club head strikes the ground – is always going to be directly below your nose.  You need to set up with your nose level with the ball or slightly ahead of it.

To do that, lean into your left side. Your weight should be 60/40 on your left side (for a right handed golfer) leaning toward your target.

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Once you are consistent with finding the bottom of your swing let’s focus on the right hand and controlling the clubface to achieve the desired result.

It’s like when you’re playing ping pong if you want the high soft shot keep the right palm facing the sky in the finish- if you want the low releasing shot allow your right palm to rotate down towards the ground.

Follow the picture below to achieve your desired shot.

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So if you want to start chipping like the fellas on TV, start practicing your techniques with these tips.

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