How to Chip It Close from an Uphill Lie

By Steve Silverman

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Learning how to chip is a must if you want to learn to score well in golf. Chipping is not difficult under most circumstances, especially when you are going uphill. Uphill chips generally have fewer breaks and will go straighter than side hill or downhill chips. As a result, it's just a matter of putting a good swing on the ball and allowing your hands to swing through the ball.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Align your feet so that the ball is a bit closer to your front foot than it is your back foot. It should be about one ball length closer to the front foot--and no more than two. This will help the ball get a few inches off the ground.
  2. Use your seven- or eight-iron to hit a chip shot. A nine-iron or wedge can also be used, but both of those clubs have too much loft and you would need to change the angle of the club head by bringing your wrists forward to use the clubs with more loft. A seven-iron is the best club to use on a chip from 50 yards or less.
  3. Think of the uphill chip shot as an elongated putt. This stroke will work well as long as you do not face any hazards on your way to the green. Bring the club back to about mid-calf level and bring it forward while keeping your wrists stiff. Bring the club forward to about mid-shin level.
  4. Keep your head down when chipping the ball. You cannot afford to miss-hit with this club or the ball will dribble off to the side or won't go the adequate distance. Try to watch the club face hit the back of the ball and don't pick your head up until the club has finished its swing.
  5. Use a five-iron to chip uphill on shots that are 70 yards or longer. This shot can be used by golfers who are playing on hard, dry courses in the heat of summer. The course has been baked by the sun and the ball will bounce and roll long distances. It is often hard to pitch under these circumstances, so a chip shot is appropriate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Chip with confidence when going uphill. While you will not be faced with a lot of break in the green, you will have to hit it hard enough to get it uphill and to the target.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.