Learn The Correct Chipping Technique

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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+

35 Responses to “Learn The Correct Chipping Technique”

  1. September 3, 2012

    PaulLucas

    CHIPPING you make it look so simple! It is I’m sure, but it’s causing me no end of problems. Played a new difficult course yesterday very hilly and lots of chips with green on a steep angle here in England. The Wife (she of a far lower handicap) has always given me grief about not following though correctly, but I landed in more bunkers and short shorts with the new technique. I’m definitely not scooping and maintaining the angle and 4 knuckles all the way. My problem is I’m hitting the ground resulting in a stabbed effort or a duffed shorter short at best. Bears bloody Best I screamed must be the heat that causes the ball to rise! In fairness (not yesterday) I’ve hit a couple of chips this way that’s made for brilliant comments. Since I’ve revisited your tips and tried out tonight on the range finding that if I grip down more virtually to the metal I get a more positive response and I feel more in touch though still hitting the turf occasionally.
    When I see you on the clips you seem to lift a bit to make the follow through which I seem unable to do. Any comments would be gracefully received.

    • Paul Wilson

      September 4, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Paul, if you are hitting behind the ball on your chips you have too much weight on your back foot at impact. Remember, I want you will at least 70% on the forward foot throughout the whole stroke. This means as you take it back too. I lift in the follow through because I am turning through it. No other reason.

      It took me 2 weeks to learn this chipping method. This was every day for hours and hours per day. No you know the technique you just need to put in the time to work on it. Stay focused and keep working on it. As you do make sure you are practicing from a little light rough or longer grass (not a tight lie) and a pretty flat green. This will make it easy to get the technique down. Once you get good at it you will be able to adjust for the different lies.

      Please visit the Chipping Category in the red navigation bar above. There are a bunch of tips there on chipping.

  2. September 4, 2012

    PaulLucas

    Much appreciated Paul. I didn’t take the weight factor fully into consideration and probably not emphasising enough on my front foot. Also understand your comment about Rome not being built in a day. Just two more thoughts:
    Firstly being only 12″ from the front of the back foot is tight I guess I’m nearer 18″ at the moment. Secondly, is the low grip position on the shaft (just off the metal) the same on all clubs?

    • Paul Wilson

      September 6, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Paul, chipping is like putting. You should be close to the ball. Just set up as I suggest and lift the grip of the club up to accommodate this set up. Again, think putting.

      Gripping down is the same for all clubs.

  3. Hi Paul,

    I have used your chipping technique for the last month now and am getting pretty good results on a rough lie. However if I have to chip on a spongy/Muddy surface (or even a very short surface) I find that I am digging up the ground and getting under the ball. This means that the ball is travelling 2/3 ft ahead of me and not even getting near the green.

    It is difficult to give tips when you cant see my shot, but do you know what kind of adjustments that I would need to do on these types of surfaces? Or do you think that I need to adjust my chipping stroke all together?

    Kind Regards
    Jason Tomlinson

    • Paul Wilson

      October 9, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Jason, If you are hitting the ground behind the ball you are not keeping your weight on the forward foot throughout the whole stroke. Keep the weight 70% on the forward foot and you will be fine.

      The surface should not matter at all. When you have this type of shot it can psych you out. Stick to your routine and know this will work no matter how spongy the lie is.

  4. October 10, 2012

    RonCalabrese

    Hi Paul. As a fellow who has had a lifetime of trouble with pitching and chipping, your very simple and clear techniques will be a God-send. I’ve watched this video about 10 times and marvel how simple you make chipping look, particularly for a guy who would rather putt from long distances from the pin.
    In your technique is there any wrist hinge? Your hands seem so relaxed, I thought there might be a slight wrist release on the through swing, instead of a totally stiff wrist method, which might effect the feel of the shot.

    I’ve wasted literally thousands of strokes around the greens because I was too lazy to correct things. Your videos have convinced me it’s never too late to improve.

    Thanks, Ron

    • Paul Wilson

      October 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Ron, You want to keep the wrists locked in chipping. Remember it is like putting. I am not stiff I am relaxed but I am thinking of my putting stroke when hitting these shots. This is so simple yet so effective. In 2 weeks you will be hitting great pitches and chip which will save you a ton of shots. Seems like a small price to pay.

  5. April 27, 2013

    JaySchwarz

    Paul,

    Even with my weight on the front foot, I am either catching the leading edge into the ground or hitting the ball way too far. Any thoughts?

    • Paul Wilson

      April 29, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Jay,

      Your hands are too far ahead of the ball. Back the hand up a little so they are off the left leg and also check to see if your ball is off the instep.

  6. April 28, 2013

    carlosgomez

    Paul any toughts on tight lies like 20-25 yds from green I feel like i’m going to duff or thin the shot thanks

  7. April 30, 2013

    PatrickFox

    Hi Paul

    Similiar to PaulLucas’s question, on a uphill lie would weight still be 70% forward or as with other uphill “swings” would weight go more towards back foot and get shoulders parrell to ground?

    Thanks, Patrick

  8. Hi Paul. Just a comment this works well for me and today I hit 69 chips then I would putt the balls in and total out The up and downs. On 69 balls I only had 76 putts so working with this does work of course of the 69 I only chipped in 6 of 69 Working on increasing this number. After first tube of balls I am warmed up then my goal is to make sure if the ball is not chipped in the hole that it goes by the hole….no short chips. I have only been doing this for a 3 days now so I am looking forward to what 2 weeks will bring. This has been helpful and easy to explain to the Juniors I teach! Thank you. And make a good day. Coach Ahrns

    • Debra,

      Hey, at least you sunk 6. Most people can’t sink any. I really can’t see you having a problem. Keep at it and I see you getting to the point where you think you can make everything.

  9. Hi Paul, The main problem I seem to have in chipping is breaking the wrists or flipping. This doesn’t happen every time but does crop up periodically. When I have the sensation of pushing the club head with the right hand, I seem to keep the angle between the wrist and hand much better. This also helps keep the left wrist from breaking down. Is this a good swing thought or do recommend another?

    Thanks, Ron

  10. I ‘ve just seen this chipping instruction Video today ,I probably missed it when you put it on the Net .I ‘m amazed at this technique of yours ,because I do just the opposite and it works for me!
    I weaken to the utmost my grip ,just as I do for sand saves ,one knuckle of left hand showing ,and I aim in front (Target wise ) of the ball ,all my weight is on the left foot ,a descending blow .
    To make sure I don’t skull the ball ,I put a towel behind the ball when training .
    I’m going to try your technique and see If it works Better than mine!
    For the moment I’m pretty good at chipping “my way “

    • Ray,

      Yes, give it a try. It works incredibly well because even your bad shots turn out pretty good.

      • Though I am pretty good at chipping with most of THE clubs in my bag with THE “very weak grip -only one knuckle of left hand showing- I put your very strong grip to test:it worked beautifully ,much easier than my original technique .
        There is However a difference :with THE strong grip my chips fly higher than with THE weak grip .
        I have to account for this .
        Question :does this strong grip work also with THE Sand Saves ?
        My regular sand save technique is also with a definitely weak grip .

        • Raymond,

          My chipping technique is great once you get used to it. This is because it makes the mis-hits end up pretty good. Missing it good is the whole game.

          Make sure you are not hitting chips too high:

          How To Get the Proper Chipping Trajectory: http://ignitiongolf.com/chipping-trajectory/

          No, you should not be doing this strong grip in bunkers. Bunker shots are your normal golf swing with a few modifications.

  11. August 7, 2013

    Ryan

    Paul – in this chipping video, do you try to hit the ball first on the descending blow or grass then ball?

    • Paul Wilson

      August 7, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Ran,

      You are hitting the ball first as the club descends. This gives you that nice sound and contact. It should just happen though due to the right technique and grip/hand position.

  12. Henry

    December 5, 2013

    Henry

    Another technique that works very well…my golf is actually golf now! Thanks Paul…

  13. January 1, 2014

    JaySchwarz

    Paul,

    I’ve watched this many times, but I’m noticing that, as you hit the ball, your torso is turning. I had thought it was just an arm motion, like putting, but watching more closely, there’s more going on. Could you comment?

    Thanks!

    • Paul Wilson

      January 2, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Jay,

      Your boy is not really moving going back. It moves coming through to allow you to get through the shot. I am not thinking of this in any way it is just happening.

  14. Drew

    April 26, 2014

    Drew

    Paul,
    Do you use just a shoulder rock putting stroke with this set-up or is there some concious hip rotation in the forward stroke. When using just a putting stroke i am hitting it fat ( even with all the weight on the forward foot). When i add some hip rotation i catch it clean.

    • Paul Wilson

      April 27, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Drew,

      You are allowing the hips to follow the stroke on the way through. It is pretty restrictive if you keep the hips locked throughout the whole stroke. You definitely need to keep the still in the backstroke though.

      The only reason you would hit it fat with the weight on the forward leg would be that the ball is not back far enough. If you keep the weight on the forward foot you should not be hitting it fat at all. This is because the club would not be bottoming out before impact doing my grip and setup. Please double check your set up position and let the hips rotate as you go through.

  15. May 31, 2014

    Jos

    Hi Paul,

    I implemented your technique to my game. Wow, so simple, effective and what a difference. Most chip shots ended no more than 1 m of the pin. Next step is to get used to the ratios.

  16. Hi Paul;
    My chipping issue is when I’m a yard or 2 from the green in the rough with a close pin. I either leave it too short or run it too far by to leave an easy putt. I’m actually better off bellying a wedge but not consistently. What’s the key to a pitch this short? Thanks.

  17. August 22, 2014

    Dave

    Hi Paul:
    Just watched your chipping technique video. I try to emulate your action/motion to a tee as well as I can, but my question is – - Should a definite torso turn be part of the stroke, or is it only an arm swing maintaining that particular angle? I get one of these shots EVERY hole and I know I’ll be able to cut 8-10 shots every round if I learn your technique. Thanks in advance !

    • Paul Wilson

      August 22, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Dave,

      You should be letting your hips turn on the way through. This is why you open your stance. This helps you get through it. I am not letting the hip turn hit the shot. Like my putting technique I am thinking of my right hand making a throwing motion to hit the shot. The hips are following along because if they don’t I feel very crowded and restricted. Just follow the steps here:

      How to Chip: http://ignitiongolf.com/chipping-how

      Also here is my putting technique:

      The Secret to Great Putting: http://ignitiongolf.com/putting-stroke/

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