When the golf ball is close to the edge of the green (maybe 2-3 feet away) on closely mown grass, a lot of golfers will automatically opt for their putter over a wedge.
And this is something I’d encourage, especially if you’re not 100% confident chipping, because a poor putt will be much better than a poor chip.
However, if the grass in front of the green is a bit scruffy or if the grass is growing into towards the golf ball, I suggest you take your hybrid or rescue club.
See the video below for details:
Putting With a Hybrid – Video Summary
The hybrid is designed so that it doesn’t dig into the ground and skips nicely through the grass. But it has a bit more loft and weight behind it than a putter – enough to get it through the first few feet of grass without any trouble.
We use a combination of a chipping set up (normal grip, narrow stance, grip right down the club, ball in the middle of the stance, weight forward on to the left side) and a putting stroke (rocking of the shoulders, no wrist hinge, lower body very still).
So set up like a chip shot and then using a putting stroke.