How To Practice Your Chipping

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

14 Responses to “How To Practice Your Chipping”

  1. Hi Paul. I had the opportunity to try the chipping technique at the very end of last year’s Midwest golf season. My chipping has always been the weakest part of my game causing me to putt from spots demanding a chip! Your technique definitely helped, although the very strong grip seemed to cause pulls to the left. Watching this new video indicates I was closing the club face when I leaned the club toward the forward leg. I’m optimistic a few hours of practicing this method will eliminate my chipping fears.

    Thanks, Ron

    • Ron,

      Glad you figured out the cure for the pulled chips. This should not be happening at all. If you lay the club down you will see the path and the face. Just give it a little more practice and you will have it. This is a huge shot saver so really work on it. In 2 weeks you will be great.

  2. So is the stance open and shoulders square looks like that’s what you re doing because I have problem chipping uphill usually goes right even do my stance is pointing left seeing the video looks like i’m leaving the face open almost close to a hosel shot***** thanks for any feedback great video by the way…

    • Carlos,

      Yes, I am open with the body and square with the shoulders. This allows me to get through it easier. You should not be hitting it right off that lie so lay the club down and use it to practice. It really doesn’t take long at all to become a great chipper.

  3. Fantastically good lesson ,Paul .I Practice this way and have consid

    • Raymond,

      Glad you liked it. If you want to use the towel behind the ball feel free but that was the whole point of doing the strong grip. With an angle between the lead arm and the club the club will be descending at it hits the ball.

  4. paul what if I’m doing everything right but at the time of contact the ball goes 45 degrees to the right almost a shank have anything for me thanks****

    • Carlos,

      If you do not think you are shanking it and it sounds kind of clicky you are blading it. A shank feels like an okay shot because a round ball is hitting a round hosel. If you blade it the face is wide open and the leading edge of the ball is contacting the face so you get the clicky thin sound.

      Blading is from you getting ahead of the ball as you hit the ball. This is usually from trying to swing too fast. What you need to do is stay behind it more. Just watch the back of the ball when you hit the ball on a few shots. You should also be moving your head back as you take it back. Then uncoil (in a circular motion) in the downswing. You should be able to fix this in no time.

      If you are shanking it let me know. This is a totally different shot again due to hitting with the arms.

  5. we’re talking about a chip shot from about 5 yards off the green sitting on light rough I don’t know why this shot always kills my round maybe my shoulders are open to the target and I flipped my wrist leaving the face open and hitting to the right any suggestions thanks

    • Carlos,

      You can hit it on a 45 degree angle right by lifting up and hitting a round ball on the tow of the club. If this is the case you need to be watching the ball as the club hits the ball. I get the feeling you are not doing the proper technique. Please go back to the chipping technique and practice going through the exact steps:

      Chipping Technique:

      How to Chip:

      If you still feel you are holding the face open just put a club on the ground parallel to your target line. Then check the face to make sure it is squarely aligned. Then just hit a few real slow and easy chips and watch how the face is hitting the ball. If your hands are too far ahead and you have not de-lofted the club you could be hitting it with the face open. So square it up as you hit your putts. Remember, this is like putting with your hands ahead of the ball. You not blowing your putts way right are you? Focus on doing your putting stroke.

  6. Hi Paul;
    Over time, I’ve been seeing SOME pros using fairway clubs to chip in certain situations around the green. I never tried it until today. I was using a 7 wood from just of the green in light rough, to a few yards off the green to a pin 30-40 ft. away. I couldn’t believe how easy it is & how well it works, especially for distant pins. I’ve many times heard & read the statement “you want to get the ball on the ground & rolling asap”. This definitely accomplishes it. It takes a little while to get the feel for distance but after you do, it’s a great substitution for those without the touch for chipping. I’m sure this isn’t for everybody but maybe they should give it a try. The shot is done the same as a putt. The loft on the wood does all the work. This is even fun to practice.

  7. March 21, 2016



    It works and works and works! Last couple outings I had the opportunity to walk off all my chips before hittting them and I can say the ratios are pretty foolproof. I can do them metally pretty well since I have been a student of yours for a year or so, but with the extra time I had it was fun to actually pace them off. Gives such confidence around the greens cause you learn to trust the shot and I only ever think about where to land it and the roll always takes care of itself. Keeps it very simple. Got a lot of UD (up/down) marks on my scorecards so far this year. 🙂


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