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Video:Chipping From a Good Lie

with Michael Lamanna

A chip shot is used when the ball lies next to the green, and your goal is to get it into the hole in one or two strokes. Learn how to execute a chip shot using the ideal stance, grip, and swing.See Transcript

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Transcript:Chipping From a Good Lie

Hello! My name is Michael Lamanna, Director of Instruction with Troon Golf at the world famous Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale Arizona.

Today I am going to help you understand and execute one of golf's most basic and important shots, the chip. A chip shot is a shot that we use when our ball lies next to the green. Our goal is to get the ball into the hole in one or two strokes.

When your ball is sitting up in the grass and you have a good lie, the right hand golfer should use the following method:

Choose a Club for Chipping

Select a club that has the right amount of loft to make the ball fly approximately one pace on the green, then roll and stop next to the flag.

Chipping Fly to Roll Ratio

It is important to know the approximate flight to roll ratio for each club. Start with the following air to roll chart:

  • Gap wedge: 1 to 1
  • Pitching wedge: 1 to 2
  • 9 iron: 1 to 3
  • 8 iron: 1 to 4
  • 7 iron: 1 to 5

Chipping Stance and Position

Use a narrow stance and place your hips and feet slightly open to the target line. Position the ball even with your right big toe.

Chipping Grip and Position

Grip down to the bottom of the club handle. Lean the shaft of the club toward the target.The shaft should be positioned more upright than normal so the toe of the club is down and the heel is up. Your arms and the club should form a lower case Y. This lever will remain intact during the swing.

Chip Shot Swing

Keep your eyes focused on the front of the ball during the stroke. On the back swing, use only shoulders and arms with very little wrist hinge. Your back swing length and follow through length will determine how far the ball flies. On the through swing, the club must descend into the ball and the hands must be past the ball at impact. Hold your finish, then watch the ball roll.

As with all short game shots, it is important to understand the setup and the fundamentals of a chip. With a little bit of practice you can become a great chipper.

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