How to Hit Solid Chips More Often

By Contributing Writer

To score in the game of golf, you must be able to play well around the green. Even the best players in the world miss their share of greens in regulation.
To have a strong short game, you must be able to make consistent contact. Judging chipping distance is virtually impossible if you are unable to hit the ball solidly.
To ensure more consistent contact, you need to focus on three things: an open stance, weight on the front side, and a short, crisp stroke.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Place your feet close together.
Step 2
Open your stance by pointing your front foot and turning your shoulders toward the hole.
Step 3
Shift your weight to the front foot. Keep it there.
Step 1
Take the club back a very short distance, while keeping your weight on your front foot.
Step 2
Use a crisp, downward stroke that pinches the ball against the ground.
Step 3
Be sure to continue your swing downward after striking the ball to take a divot.
Step 4
Follow through toward the target.
Step 1
Keep your backswing short.
Step 2
Keep your weight on your front foot.
Step 3
Use a crisp stroke. Do not decelerate your swing as you approach the ball.
Step 4
Finish the swing, making sure you follow through.

Tips & Warnings

The key to hitting solid chips more often is to avoid two critical mistakes that cause inconsistent contact: a poorly timed weight shift, and a long backswing followed by decelerating club movement as the club approaches the ball.
Avoid the long strokes that the pros use. Such a stroke takes enormous practice and skill. Unless you are willing to practice the shot regularly, you will seldom make consistent contact with such a stroke.


Richard M. joined GolfLink
William W. joined GolfLink
Adrian A. joined GolfLink
Steven H. joined GolfLink
Douglas B. joined GolfLink

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
One-Plane Swing Set-Up Routine Watch Video>>

Related Articles

Article Image Pro Golfer's Secrets: Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson is a professional golfer born in 1984 in Columbia, Sou...

Article Image Pro Golfer's Secrets: Jordan Spieth

Dallas native Jordan Spieth, born in 1993, is one of the the best golfe...

Article Image Pro Golfer's Secrets: Bubba Watson

photo credit Augusta National Golf Club Gerry Lester Watson Jr.,...

Article Image Pro Golfer's Secrets: Sergio Garcia

photo credit: Sergio Garcia Official Website Sergio Garcia is a Sp...

Article Image Pro Golfer's Secrets: Patrick Reed

photo by Denis Poroy/Associated Press Patrick Reed is a mercu...

View All Related Articles