How to Chip with a 3-Wood Golf Club

By Hank Haney

On this tip I want to talk about a shot where you are facing a real difficult situation from just off the edge of the green. You don't have a very good lie and there is a difficult pin placement, the flag is tucked behind a ridge.

2 Tips for Hitting Greenside Shots

  • Remember sometimes the easiest play is just the safest play, and the safest play in this situation would be a putter.
  • Just roll the ball along the ground because your worst putt is never going to be as bad as your worst chip, so a putter is a good play.

How to Hit a 3-Wood

A variation of that is to use a three-wood. It is a shot that Tiger Woods has used a lot and many other people have been trying with quite a bit of success. You hit this shot just as if you were putting.

Grip down on the club so that that your hands are all the way down to the shaft at the bottom of the grip; Stand close to the ball and upright with the club; and Hit the three-wood just as you would your putter. Now the three-wood has some loft on it so it will get the ball just on top of the first cut of grass and then the ball will roll over the green to the hole. It is a very safe play and can be very effective. So try the three-wood when you are just off the green, it will roll just like a putt and it is easier than a chip.

About the Instructor

Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300