How To Chip From Deep Rough or Sitting Up

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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+

23 Responses to “How To Chip From Deep Rough or Sitting Up”

  1. August 28, 2014


    got this shot, but what is the technique for hitting out of deep fairway rough?
    thanks in advance

  2. August 28, 2014


    Paul..I love your technique and it has helped my good lie chipping. When you are in the deep or buried lie, do you keep your club face square to the target line? Is there any time that you open the club face based on how heavy/thick the rough is? Harvey

    • August 30, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      You need the face square so it cuts through the grass (using my technique of course).

  3. August 29, 2014


    Hi Paul. I coach High SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF AND YOU WOULD BE PROUD OF HOW WELL ALL 15 Ladies have confidence using your chipping techniques . We made a little card that hangs on their bags with the ratios on them and now I have added how to chip in “sticky situations” the Paul Wilson way! The boys team was watching our girls practice around green and tonight three of them ask me to help them with their chipping! Love growing the game.
    Coach Ahrns

    • August 30, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      That’s great to hear.

      This is further proof it works. I remember back when I worked on it. It took me 2 weeks to master. After that, I literally thought I could chip it in from anywhere. Great feeling.

      Focus on getting the girls to do the perfect setup and follow through positions and the guys will want their swings too!

    • Dear Mrs DEBORAH AHRNS ,Without wishing to substitute myself to excellent PAUL WILSON ,regarding the chipping ratios ,there’s no need to learn these ratios by heart :all you need is to learn and implement the “RULE OF 12 “for chipping .
      As it’s none of my business to teach anyone ,I’m not good enough for that ,you’d better ask PAUL to teach it to you :you’ll see, it’s very simple and works every time ,down to 4,5 or 6 iron !

  4. August 29, 2014


    Hi Paul
    I had this lie yesterday buried about 4 inches with lots of grass around ball at the back of a green the green has a severe slope from back of green to front I used your technique ball popped up lovely but ball went off the green.
    Should I have used flop shot?

    • August 30, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      It just depends on the lie, where the pin was, if you can hit the shot, etc. I like flopping it if the pin is cut close and I the lie isn’t that bad. If I have green to work with I will almost always do it with the hands ahead as I demonstrate.

  5. Hi Paul;
    THIS is a really great tip. I seem to end up in these positions quite often & could never play them properly. Haven’t tried them yet but will today.

  6. August 29, 2014


    Thanks, Paul. Another Great Tip. I watched many, many of you videos and have found
    them to be the most important factor(s) in improving my game. You have developed
    overall techniques which will help the average golfer, even the duffer, improve their game. You know you’re not developing Touring Pros here; but rather your working to help regular guys make the best use of their assets, i.e. their abilities as they are. I only wish I had started with your help many, many years ago. Being an Ignition Golf Member is the BEST GOLF INVESTMENT I have ever made! I am relying on you for every developing every facet of my golf game–and I’m improving in ever area of my golf game. THANKS!


    • August 30, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Thank you for your kind works and support. I truly appreciate the feedback.

      Average golfers make up the bulk of all golfers. Teaching pros is boring. They already know what they are doing. Most just need minor changes. Take a 100 or 90’s shooter and getting them into the 70’s is exciting to me. I’ll keep at it if you keep at it.

  7. Paul ,top notch instruction again ,but there are much worse situations to cope with :for example , a sand trap close the green ,bordered by high grass ,approximately 6/8 inches long ,on your side ( opposite the sand trap ,the grass stopped the ball from going in the sand trap )In this situation ,you really can’t chip !
    What I do, is to play it like a bunker explosion shot with the Sand Wedge 56°or 58° ,but quite often I get a “flyer ” !
    How would you yourself play this shot ?
    Another observation I make while watching the major compétitions on the Tour is that the top pro’s most often lob ” or “half lob” the ball from this kind of short rough lie ,with an ample movement to put the ball closer to the pin . It’s more difficult to pull off than the “simple” chip you show but when succeeding ,it’s quite rewarding !
    When going this way ,you’re really playing with fire ,but it’s more “exciting “(I Wonder what DAVE BRESLOW would say of this attitude !)

    • September 1, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      I will be getting to more shots around the green once I can get out on the golf course with no one around.

      In this situation you could be flopping it with an open face. A lot depends on the pin placement. If I have green to work with I can chop it out or flop it without the fear of going past the pin. If the pin is cut close I get it out but am not trying to get it close. Totally different mindset for both of these shots.

      We are having issues with David not being able to reply to people’s questions. We will try to get this fixed shortly. Once it is, you can certainly ask him.

  8. August 30, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    Tried your technique today I was slightly sceptical! But I should have known, it worked like a treat with hands well ahead of my left leg. Brilliant tip Paul thanks very much

    • September 1, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it.

      It’s funny when I hear people are skeptical of my method. Then they try it. That is the payoff for me.

      Keep in mind I spent a lifetime guessing on what to do because no one could explain it to me. Once I figured it out I don’t guess anymore.

      Never stop chipping this way. It will save you tons of shots in the future.

  9. March 23, 2015



    The deep rough tip was just what I needed to get more reliably out of that situation. I used to depend on a ‘hitting it fat on purpose’ technique which had mixed results at best, mostly due to much guesswork about the swing speed. This is MUCH more consistent, especially out of that darn bermuda rough!!

    Thanks again.


    • March 23, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Very good. Doing it with my technique allows the ball to pop right out. Glad you good it.

  10. Hi Paul,
    I have followed you for quite a few years now and am convinced that each and every tip involves you talking directly to me as I am sure many other followers will attest.
    My problem deals with an elevated green (cut into the side of a hill) in which my drive or approach shot comes up short due to being in between clubs. In this particular instance, I find myself about two yards short and about two yards below the putting surface in heavy rough. The pin placement is in the front about 1 yard off the apron. How do I get the ball up that fast and only fly that short distance? I have tried chipping, but that seems to leave me short every time.
    Thanks for your help,
    -Rich P

    • Rich,

      So glad you are still with me. I am certainly talking to you and everyone else.

      You need to measure the yardage to the middle or back of the green. Right now you are measuring to the pin. In this scenario you are most likely looking up a little to see if you pulled off this amazing shot so you are not making perfect contact. If you measure the center and don’t quite hit it perfectly you will still be on the front of the green. If the pin is in the middle get the yardage to the back. Most golfers are short of where they are trying to hit it. So let’s play for a little longer and see what happens.

  11. October 24, 2020


    Hi Paul, this is a follow-up question to Rich’s question (shown above) about how to chip when you find yourself just short of the green and the green is elevated and the pin is cut close. I’ve been struggling with these shots. I keep practicing them but I am very inconsistent. There must be a special trick to them. Rich had the same question I am posting but your answer was to hit your approach shot to the middle of the green. I need to know how to handle the chip when I am short and the green is elevated say 5 or 6 feet. Thanks!

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      October 30, 2020

      Paul Wilson

      If the green is elevated and you are short of the green, I would first start to add 5-7 yards to all your approach shots. This will help easily for you to hit more greens. Then for the shot itself you want to play it like more of a pitch shot or flop shot. Ball middle or front of middle of the stance, open the blade up a little or open it up to about 1 o’clock (12 o’clock being directly in front of you). Then you want to do the pitching technique, hinge the wrists then turn the belt buckle to hit the actual shot. Check this out:

      How to Pitch:

      Flop Shot:

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