Chipping Distance Control – Technique

How to Chip It Close with the Right Technique
How to Chip – Part 3

Once you’re happy with your set up and basic chipping technique, we can look at how you can achieve good distance control

Chipping and putting distance control is very much about ‘feel’ but a high level of feel can take hours and hours of practice to develop.

One way you can significantly shorten the learning curve is to take a more structured approach to your chipping technique.

See the video below for more details and be sure to watch the chipping setup video and this chipping drill video – they’ll also improve your distance control and consistency.




Chipping Distance Control Technique

  • Chipping distance control set up using a pitching wedgeTake a lofted club (like a pitching wedge) and adopt a good chipping address position.

  • Chipping distance control technique - swing until clubhead reaches ankle level and execute same length follow throughTake a short backswing so that the club head reaches about ankle height and follow through to the same distance. Chip 5-10 golf balls and pace out the average distance.

  • Chipping distance control technique - swing until clubhead reaches knee level and execute same length follow throughRepeat the process taking the club head back to knee height and through to knee height.

  • Chipping distance control technique - swing until clubhead reaches hip level and execute same length follow throughRepeat the process once more, taking the club back and through to hip height.

  • Chipping distance control technique - Perform the three different swing lengths for an 8-iron, pitching wedge and lob wedge and take note of the distancesThis will give you 3 chipping distances around the green. Repeat this with 2 other clubs (i.e. a lob wedge and 8 iron) to give yourself 9 different distances. It can be worth writing these down to help you remember the club and backswing height for a chip shot on the course.

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