How to Chip a Ball for Beginners in Golf

How to Chip a Ball for Beginners in Golf

On this tip we are going to talk about chip shots and saving shots from off the edge of the green. It is one of the simplest shots in golf but you would be surprised by how many golfers struggle with this technique. Here are a couple of tips to help you out with this stroke.

3 Steps to Chip the Ball

  • A chip shot is a firm wristed stroke; you really want to keep your arms in control of the golf club, so the grip that you use should be a reverse overlap grip similar to your putting grip. That will help you to keep your wrists out of the stroke.
  • Ball position is also important. Put the ball back in your stance because you are trying to play the shot low. Remember, the key is, minimum amount of air-time maximum amount of ground time.
  • So put the ball back in your stance, weight forward towards your left side and your stance should be slightly open so that your left foot is drawn back out of the way so that the arms have room to swing the club back and forward.

#1 Tip to Hit a Chip Shot

It is a very simple stroke, no wrists, short stroke and a firm stroke. Always want to try to catch the ball just a little bit on the downswing, the club coming down in to the ground in order to get a nice crisp shot. The idea is that your hands are always leading through - hands forward, weight forward, center line of your body is in front of the golf ball and then just a firm wristed stroke, back and through. Just try to fly the ball a short distance on to the edge of the green and let it roll the rest of the way on the green.

Remember it's a Firm wristed stroke Ball back in your stance Weight forward Center forward Minimum amount of air-time maximum amount of ground time. It will take strokes off your game.

Category: Chipping
Sub-Category: Posture, Wrist, Ball Position
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Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300

Hank Haney is the instructor to PGA Tour Pros Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #4 instructor in the world.


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