How To Develop A Consistent Chipping Stroke

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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+

37 Responses to “How To Develop A Consistent Chipping Stroke”

  1. Hi Paul,

    I know you gave me a personal lesson on chipping but after watching exactly what you do in the video several times i now can chip pretty good. It works!!! Thanks for all your help aand i enjoy your new program and have promoted it with several players.


    • Darrel, that’s great news. This is a very important part of the game. FYI – we still tell everyone about you. An 81 year old who hits it 250 yards. You are a great example out there for those who think they cannot do it. All the best.

      • Mr Darrell STUTESMAN performance in driving is a good example for me to follow :I’m also over 80 ,but don’t hit it that long (220 yards ),though I put my body daily through the paces to achieve maximum fitness and train the “fast twitch muscle fibers “the proper way through plyometric and isometric drills .
        So the well known motto “WE TRY HARDER “applies to me also !
        Happily ,my short game is very good ,chipping in particular ,thanks to PAUL WILSON ,and that saves the day .. and the score

  2. November 10, 2012


    I have left Revolution golf because of your absence and the continuous barrage of instructions of which many are contradictory and at times not easy to understand, and I did let them know the reason for the move to your site.

    Thanks for the great chipping consistency tip.

    I do follow your instructions faithfully and literary.
    To be clear , this is the only shot off the green that you advocate using the arms actively while the shoulders and the body are passive! So the whole move is accomplished by the arms. Or are the arms passive and the shoulders take the club…left….. right…. and past?

    • November 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      Thank you for the comment. I truly appreciate the support.

      You may feel the arms in this shot as you may in putting. This does not mean they are tight and locked up. The are still relaxed. You can also do this with your shoulders. I just did a few chipping stokes. I feel the shoulders take it back and I feel a little hands in the downstroke like I would in putting because I feel this right hand when putting. My hands and arms are not moving independently from my body.

  3. February 7, 2013


    Hello Paul. Thanks for the chipping tips. I have three questions:
    1. I am a bit confused about the idea of going back as far as the back leg. Surely that would change with different length chips. Does the length of the backswing differ depending on how far you are from the green?
    2. With longer chips, do you also bring your body into play, and turn the lower body?
    2. Are you using a forward press before playing your chip shots?

  4. March 20, 2014


    Paul love this lesson and I wish it was able to download to my IPad as a saved file so I could just show the golf team members…..over and over and over again. I have all of your program but this one is so nice to get the point across. I see people have asked about longer chips….obviously they have not seen your short game DVD or the book. You do not change the stroke ….change the tool! My golfers do know how to and get that. As a matter of fact in a practice tube I put three different colors of balls white short chips yellow mid length and blue long. So as they are chipping they have to change clubs when that color of ball comes up and the goal is to have all while ones together yellow and so on. It is very easy as the coach to look and see the success . Thank you and someday I will save enough to come for lessons. I retired in January from 35 years of teaching so I have the time. Make a good day. Debbie Coach Ahrns

  5. Hi Paul;
    When you set up for the shots, are you a little open to the target or square? Thanks.

  6. Another excellent lesson and video ,Paul,complementing the other excellent videos you’ve done on chipping ;I would just like to add a suggestion which works fine for me (Maybe not for other players !) :when I train ,I put a small coin 4 inches in front of the ball,targetwise ,and I look at it during the chip swing (Also for the Full swing).I never look at the ball ,thinking all the time to direct my hands towards the coin.Thanks to this drill ,I never ,never ,skull , thin or top the ball.
    I do the same when drill putting .
    Chipping and putting ,together with short pitching, are the best parts of my game ,and “save”my scores !

    • August 24, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      This would be fine for chipping. I can see this helping the averages golfers full swing. Most average golfers need to say behind it more in their real swing to get their path attacking from the inside.

  7. August 23, 2014


    Paul, thanks for the great tips. In this tip you present a shot that is close to the green with probably a 1:1 ratio. For chips that are farther away from the green but have the same ratio, do you widen your stance?

    • August 24, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      You could do that. I don’t like the change the swing/stroke. I would just accelerate faster.

  8. Hi Paul

    Once more, a great lesson. I have been waiting for this start of your short game series of tip, which I hope this is. Here is a thought, and, having been following you, I am sure you thought about this too. If not, perhaps a little contribution.

    I am ready to invest some serious time in my short game, because that is the only way I’ll come close or under 80. It would be great if this tip were the first in a planned series, where I practice on this one and then “graduate” to the next tip that you would release. I feel that a series like that, focusing on the short game with a plan that you would conceive, would be great for your followers.

    Alternatively, I would love for you to use your videos and tell me what is the sequence that I should follow.

    I still don’t give up hope to meet you in person when I am in the US.


  9. August 23, 2014


    If you are 10 yards out from the green and the pin is 10 yards in, or 20/20. it is still a 1 to 1 ratio. I assume the set up and club remains the same, but you need to hit it a bit harder to carry the extra distance to one yard on the green vs the video distance of 2-3 yards.

    To carry the extra distance, do you bring the club back further, and still keep the same finish, or take the club back the same distance as the video and just use a bit more swing speed. I suspect chipping from different distances with the same ratio is a “feel” that one needs to practice, but would appreciate your thoughts about a longer distance chip


  10. March 27, 2015


    Hi Paul. In your chipping technique you never mention whether you take a shallow or steep approach to the ball. I seem to be confused sometimes and approach the ball at a steep angle which contributes to hitting a little behind the ball. When chipping on a tight lie, should the angle to the ball be more shallow to prevent the club from bottoming out too soon?

    Thanks, Ron

    • March 27, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      The club will be descending regardless of what lie. This is the whole secret of doing it this way. Shallow it out and are guaranteed to hit the ground behind the ball on occasion. I never want you to do this. Practice and you will see.

  11. June 20, 2016


    Do you have your feet parallel or the left foot behind the right?

    • Eric,

      I have a little open stance when chipping. Just allows me to get through it a little easier.

  12. November 27, 2017


    Hi Paul. I have been working on my chipping and pitching for the last two years and I am very happy to say I have developed an excellent short game thanks to you and all your tips I now look forward to the challenge of getting it up and down should I miss the green. I was always a bit nervous and shy about working on my short game but now I am so confident that I want to show off!! So thank you very much I look forward to your tips every day. Right now I am working on getting those hips turning faster and loose wrists and already I can see an improvement in my ball striking and distance. Would like to come and see you one day. Regards Rod from Victoria on Vancouver island. BC canada

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      November 30, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      I love hearing it. The short game is vital. Sometimes we work so much on the swing we forget the short game. Glad you didn’t.

      A great short game also takes pressure off of your long game. If you cannot get it up and down regularly you are pressured to hit the green.

      Those are 2 great things to be working on. Don’t forget the positions and build a great looking swing. You may want to do this in the future once you get some more distance. The better positioning will make it consistent.

  13. March 28, 2018


    Your opinion on chipping.
    10 yards to the green and then 30 yards to the hole (40 yards total), 1:3, 9 iron
    use a SW and instead of just reaching the green, carry 10 yards into the green leaving 20 yards of roll for 1:1

    Which do you prefer?

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      March 29, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      I prefer scenario 1. It’s easier. Unless you know my pitching technique and hit that pitch 30 wards (leaving 5-10 for roll or so) you will not get it close. Why not just hit it on the front and roll it there. The ratio will be correct so you can trust it plus playing the ball back in the stance allows you to hit the ball first leaving topping it or some other bad shot out of the equation. Take the easy way if you can.

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    June 15, 2019



    I have been practicing the body swing in the last few months, the difference it has made in my game is unbelievable. I have now become a member of your site, and can not wait to practice all the other things i need to improve. Your site is brilliant just brilliant, thank you.

    • ims702,

      Thank you. Glad you are doing well. I love hearing it. Just take it one step at a time and build a great swing. A great swing hits great shots. Lots of practice swings.

  15. December 1, 2019



    I have tried your chipping method in the past but on tight lies I often stubbed the club behind the ball. I assume this is because I am not keeping my weight on the forward side, correct?

    Also, I tend to get my feet spread too much. I hear you saying that it is very important that the feet be fairly close together.


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      December 4, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, fat shots too much weight on the back foot. There is not weight shift with chipping. Wider your feet the longer the stroke. These are short shots. You only need to move your hands to the back leg in the backstroke unless you are quite far from the green so you get a little longer backstroke.

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    September 22, 2020


    Does the position of the ball move off the back foot on steep slopes or since the stance is very narrow, the sloop should not impact the ball placement.

  17. January 24, 2021


    Paul, I chip exactly as you do, but I was taught to rotate my lower body and when I finish my swing I should be able to pull club straight back and it will clear my body on left side. (Right hand golfer) if I don’t rotate enough at the finish of swing if I pull club back it will hit my body. What are your thoughts on that. Thanks

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      February 1, 2021

      Paul Wilson

      If this is something that works out great for you then by all means please continue doing it. But I do not recommend for golfers to move their lower body when chipping as it can start to get inconsistent, as I give the visualization of putting…you would not move your lower when putting. But if this works for you and you are consistent doing then continue.

  18. March 14, 2021


    Hello Pail
    Quick question??? When I setup to chip the face of the club is closed ??? Is that correct??? Also if the face is closed I can’t use the bounce of the club???
    Marco V

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      March 18, 2021

      Paul Wilson

      The clubface will be aiming at your target, your grip will be stronger. The clubface will be square.

  19. Paul,
    My home course is a links course. The grass is bermuda and I struggle
    when chipping into the grain. Chipping with the grain I don’t seem to
    have a problem. The same is true for pitching also.


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