How To Create A Descending Blow When Chipping

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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+

17 Responses to “How To Create A Descending Blow When Chipping”

  1. March 29, 2013


    You appear to do a forward press to initiate the stroke. Is that for rhythm or can you just start from the forward press position? Thanks

    • March 29, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      This is the first time I’ve heard I press it. I don’t believe I do this. I usually bounce the club up and down and do a little kick of the right knee. I do not way anyone to press it because in doing so you run the risk of re-gripping and/or opening the clubface. Staying in motion is fine and necessary.


      Stay in Motion:

  2. May 18, 2014


    How do you set-up for uphill lies?

  3. Paul,
    When chipping, you would have your arms before the ball, so that you become a descending blow. But by doing that, you diminish the loft of the club.
    Sometimes my chips don’t fly upwards, but go straight forward. Why is that? Thank you for your answer!

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    November 15, 2019


    With a sand wedge, you get roll on the green equal to the carry, so depending on how far the pin is from the edge of the green, you need to vary the carry. What do you think are the min and max carry you can get when chipping with a sand wedge? And to you get from min to max by taking a longer back stroke? Or by trying to stroke faster? Thanks.

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      November 21, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      You can chip from anywhere. It is a dependent on the pin. You would take a longer stroke for longer pitches but you are also accelerating to get the ball on the green. You have to put some effort into these shots. You get too long with the back swing and you will decelerate coming down. The shortest stroke would be approx. when the hands move from the front leg to the back leg. This would move the club 2-3 feet.

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      November 21, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Hope you are doing well and have been working on it.

  5. November 16, 2019


    Do you use different clubs when chipping to get different distances?

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    November 16, 2019


    If you look at the tips on chipping, you will see that the club choice doesn’t depend on how far you want the ball to fly, but on how far you want it to run once it has landed on the edge of the green.

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    November 21, 2019


    Thanks. I haven’t been able to play yet — next week, but I have had some long sessions at the range and am doing drills at home. I appreciated very much the lesson.

  8. November 13, 2020


    Love the classic Friday redux video. I am a **huge fan** of the Ratios method. Have been using it now for such a long time that it is second nature. I know exactly which club to grab after just a bit of triage. 🙂 The technique you show + the ratios method = I can put the ball repeatedly in a 3-4 foot circle at many different distances. Don’t have to think about the distance, just get the ball going and direction. The club selection does the rest. Up and down 50+ percent still, even though I don’t get out to practice as much as before. Thanks for great site, Paul. -Kim

  9. August 22, 2021


    Hi Paul,
    Do you have any tip on how to accelerate the club through impact? I believe that is why my chip shots are poor even though I do everything else correctly. Your chipping setup and technique is easy to replicate except for that last part of accelerating through the ball. It may be mental, because on short grass it is less of a problem.

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