Learn How To Dial In Your Chipping

By | on January 27, 2013 | 8 Comments |


In this tip I show you a very specific chipping ratio which, if followed, will tell you exactly what club you should be using to chip with. This is very important because it eliminates the guess-work in your chip shots. If you have trouble remembering this simply write it down and take it to the course with you until you have it mastered.



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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+

8 Responses to “Learn How To Dial In Your Chipping”

  1. September 22, 2012


    Hi Paul, just a suggestion. use the term initial length for the first distance, and then ratio of that length to the total distance. Greatest tip I have ever seen and brought me from a 7 down to a 3.4 in one season. thx Don

    • September 24, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Don, Thanks for the suggestion. I can’t re-shoot everything now though. I think people get the idea. This is a huge part of the game. Hopefully others will work on it too. Keep up the good work.

  2. October 3, 2012


    Paul, about chipping. What if you are further from the green. How do the ratios come in to play if you are, say, about 15 yards off the green. In your example you hit all the chips from the same poisition. Also I need to know when the weather will be good enough for me to come to your school after the first of the year. As I told you before my working days will be over the last day of December and I want to improve my game. Send me an email when you have time to answer my questions. Turn, turn, turn. I am working on the hip turn but it is not coming together very well with the swing. It seems to be all about timing/ Stay well.

    • October 4, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      I did a tip on this here:

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

      You need to figure out the ratios. Even if you are farther away you still measure to the front of the green. If you do not have enough green to work with you will be pitching. If you can roll it then do so.


  3. November 7, 2012


    My drives are much more consistent and longer now that I have taken my arms out of the picture and doing most of the other things you recommend.
    My chipping remains a challenge. I get the idea of which club to use for the ratios of 1:2 1:3 etc. I get the idea of how to hold it and swing to the back leg and forward. What do I do differently when the ratio is 1:2 and the distance to the point of landing (just a yard or so inside the green) is 4 yards vs the distance to that landing point is further away such as 12 yards. Do I do something different in the swing through to get it to go further to the landing spot before it rolls the 1:1 or 1:3 distance? Thanks, June

    • November 8, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      June, You just need to do a little longer backswing and hit it harder to get it on the front of the green. There is no other change.

  4. August 31, 2014


    Regarding your chipping tips. Your videos are great but one question. In your video you are generally chipping from an even plane to the green. At my club, many of the greens are on a fairly steep incline from the chipping areas only a few yards away. So I am struggling to incorporate trying to hit the ball to the front of the green and the ratio, with the fact that I also need to “pop” it up a bit from my lie to the green. Suggestions?

    • September 1, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      If you are downhill you would minus 1 or two clubs depending on the severity of the slope. Downhill is the opposite. If you think like this the ratios still work.

      Out of the rough is a crap shoot. Most times the ball will come out hot from any lie so play a high lofted club and just get it on the green. If you keep getting it on the green you can dial it in later once you have the experience to do so. Too many people keep trying to always get the ball close. Having this thought process will not allow you to gain the confidence necessary to be good because you will not even be successful 50% of the time. This means you will still flub it etc. If you always get it on your gain confidence because you know the worst you are going to do it get it on. As your confidence increases you will start to think about getting it closer to the pin.

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