Dial In Your Chipping – Learn the Ratios

By | on March 14, 2016 | 28 Comments | FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites (see below)


lock

Sorry, this content is for members only.

Click here to get access.

 

Already a member? Login below

Email
Password
 
Remember me (for 2 weeks)

Forgot Password





Tags:

Author Description

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+

28 Responses to “Dial In Your Chipping – Learn the Ratios”

  1. Annother first class lesson ,Paul ,thank you .To make things easier I ‘ll refine your calculation chart :remember only one figure :12 ,
    Then calculate the ratio between the CARRY and the ROLL.,when landing the ball one yard off the edge of the Green .Say its 3 yards CARRY and 9 yards Roll:the ratio is 3/9=1/3 Substract the DENOMNATOR 3 from 12 :you get 9 .The club to use is the 9 Iron .
    If the ratio is 1/1 ,12 -1=11 .its the 11 Iron that is the gap wedge 52

    • Raymond,

      I have heard of that calculation before. It’s gives you the right club every time.

  2. Hi Paul,
    Thanks for the lesson in which we had a carry of 5 paces and a roll of 5 paces. Hence the use of a sand wedge.
    For the back stroke,the hands should stop opposite the right thigh.
    what if the carry was 7 paces and the roll 7 paces.
    what adjustments are required to make a carry of 7 paces using a sand wedge?

    • Eriab,

      You are going to take the club back the distance that will hit the ball 7 paces. This may be a tiny bit farther back. 2 paces is not the much.

  3. August 23, 2013

    AndrewSalter

    Hi Paul,
    At what point should you determine that the number of paces “to fly” is too long and that a pitch is more appropriate than a chip?

    thanks
    Andy

    • August 23, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Andrew,

      This depends where the pin is on the green. If you have farther to fly than you have to roll you are pitching. A 1:1 can be 10 yards from the green to a pin 10 yards on. You are pitching to hit the ball higher so it will not roll as far.

  4. August 23, 2013

    AndrewSalter

    “Chipping or Pitching” tutorial answers my question perfectly:-)

  5. Hi Paul,

    The ratios all make sense and you do a very good job of making it understandable.

    1. I don’t quite understand how to chip on the severe upslopes. Could you please assist with these?

    2. What is a pros choice of when to chip and when to putt? Meaning, if the ball is on the second cut of grass around the green, is the best choice to putt?

    Regards,

    Harold

    • Harold,

      If you are on a sever upslope you add 1 to the ratio. example: You would hit a 9 iron on a flat lie. Upslope you would hit 8 iron. Downslope you would hit PW.

      It all depends where the pin is and how far off the green you are.

      Watch:

      When To Pitch: http://ignitiongolf.com/chipping-pitching

  6. September 9, 2014

    JamesChapleau

    Does this chipping method use a take away of 45 degrees? If not what degree take away is used.

  7. September 10, 2014

    JamesChapleau

    I’ll explain. The club face and ball on the ground at address are at zero degrees. Swinging the club on take away to a point parallel or horizontal to the ground behind the golfer would be a 90 degree take away or 9 on the face of a clock. A take away to a point vertical to the ground would be a 180 degree take away or 12 on the face of a clock. OK?

    My question was what is the degree of take away on the Chip shots 4yards off the green; or in other words, to what number on the clock?

    • September 10, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      James,

      I am not even thinking like that. At address your club is leaning forward so it is not at 0. To go back I take the club from my left leg to my right leg then past my left leg. There is no clock. You are hitting it all of 4 yards. A backstroke this long will easily hit it this far. To go less either do a slightly shorter stroke or don’t accelerate as fast. Longer shots same or a little longer stroke and accelerate faster. Remember, chipping it like putting. Do you think of a clock when putting? No.

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

      How To Chip Consistently: http://ignitiongolf.com/chip-consistently/

  8. March 25, 2015

    KimBozik

    Paul,

    Got around to practicing the technique first and now for the ratios. For me in technique was remembering to have that weight on the left side!!! Was ALWAYS consistent when I had that weight set correctly. Did the ratios with the sandie and 7i and can fully confirm was so very consistent to the instruction on the roll distances. Major upside for me around the green now in that I feel confident about how far my shots will go every time. I did a lot of practice with just the sandie this morning and can confidently say I can get up and down about 70% of the time already. Wish I could post a picture to show you… 🙂 I did sink a few as well.

    Thanks again.

    Kimbo

  9. April 5, 2015

    KimBozik

    Paul,
    Out on the course today to try to put it all together. Can’t tell you how much more confident I am around the greens and even the short pitches. I had the full gambit of shots today and did better than 60% up and down. Now that was exciting. Couple OB pushed me up to 80, but can’t wait to get out practicing and playing again. Your instruction has truly changed my outlook that I will be at par or better soon.
    Kim

    • Kim,

      Wow, sounds like you are really close to a major breakthrough. You would have been real good without those shots OB. Keep at it and be careful not to push it too hard. If you do you will tighten up and it will fall apart.

      Just in case, watch this:

      You Will Top It: http://ignitiongolf.com/you-will-top-it/

      Also, just keep doing what you are doing. I think you are almost there. Let us all know.

  10. March 14, 2016

    johnhoyle

    Greets Coach Thanks for the help today so far so good. My question relates to the grip.For years I have been using the interlocking grip because I was told it works better for stubby fingers, which I have. You recommend the over lapping ,I have swung a club with the overlapping grip and it feels ok .Your thoughts.

    • March 15, 2016

      Paul Wilson

      John,

      There are 2 problem with the interlocking grip:

      1. I takes 1 finger of your weaker hand off of the club. The overlapping grip has all fingers of your weaker hand on the club.

      2. People like comfort of the pinky so they back the top hand off into a strong position. Strong is wrong. You can do the interlocking grip if you do not back the bottom hand off making it strong. Most people don’t like this because they lose the secure connection. In this case they go to the overlapping grip.

      So the choice is yours. It really doesn’t take that long to change.

  11. Hi Paul

    I get into periods when I try to “help the ball up” and then I lose confidence. Any suggestion on how to get rid of this?

    Thanks
    Davidw

    • March 15, 2016

      Paul Wilson

      David,

      Stop helping the ball. Tell your self to do this. If you are helping it you are hitting. I don’t want you to hit. I want you going from the top of the backswing through to the follow through. So once you hit the top change how you think. You should be thinking touch your legs. Then as the club is into the through swing you are thinking touch the head. If you are thinking like this you are not think hit the ball.

      Also, if you are thinking like this you really need to be working on and mastering swing positions. At this stage the ball really should not matter. It is all about the movement. So every time you step up to it you do a couple of perfect practice swings thinking of the ending point. Then you step up and go to that ending point. Then you watch your ball to tell you what you did right or wrong. If you pull/pull hook it you need more legs. Push/push fade it means you need to turn more and loosen the wrists. Slice you need to loosen the wrists then add more lower body.

      DRILL: Touch Legs Touch Head: http://ignitiongolf.com/follow-through-sequence-drill/

      • Paul, my question pertains the chipping around the green, as per this tip, not the full swing, where I have learned to “touch the legs” and improved enormously. I find that I try to help the ball up just because of the short distance (like flying the ball a couple of yards into the green).

        Thanks
        Davidw

        • March 16, 2016

          Paul Wilson

          David,

          You need to see chipping as putting. It is like your putting stroke with the weight on the forward leg and 3-4 knuckle grip position. So it’s like putting with your hands way ahead. If you are scooping you are not stroking it. So think like you are doing your putting stroke. Then you need to make sure you hold the weight on the forward foot throughout the whole stroke. There is not shift in chipping. This will stop you falling back and scooping.

          Watch:

          How To Stop Scooping Your Chip Shots: http://ignitiongolf.com/stop-scooping-chip-shots/

          Another Way To Stop Scooping Chip Shots: http://ignitiongolf.com/stop-scooping-chip-shots-2/

  12. Hi Paul

    I get into periods when I try to “help the ball up” and then I lose confidence. Any suggestion on how to get rid of this? This happens mainly when I hit from a hard pan, where there is very little grass.

    Thanks
    Davidw

  13. Paul ,This is exactly my “Rule of 12” method I explained some time ago :it works each and every time .Chipping is one of the best parts of my game ,and it’s not unusual I just chip in ;
    My chipping stroke is a swing in miniature more than a putting stroke :I pivot sligthly going back ,hinge slightly the wrists ,then go through and hold.I place the ball either between the two feet close togther or on the right foot :it dépends if I want a low flight or a higher flight .I open very slightly the stance ,not much, to better see the target and get the left leg out of the way .
    Also I hold the club below the grip ,on the shaft ,like SEVERIANO BLLESTEROS who was an artist at this stroke

  14. September 10, 2016

    kennion.johnson

    Hi, Is the green you are using fairly flat or downhill from where you are chipping… as you know it is hard to tell on a screen…thanks

    Kennion

    • September 11, 2016

      Paul Wilson

      Keenion,

      This green is fairly flat.

      If you are hitting to a slight downhill or uphill green you would add or subtract 1 from the ratio. If it was sever you might add or subtract 2. You need to take this into consideration when you are coming up with the calculation.

You must be logged in to post a comment.