Chipping Correctly to Get Arc in the Swing

By Mike LaBauve

Here I am again with my daughter, Lindy, and she is going to demonstrate a little chipping for you. We have a basic shot just off the green. So often we take these shots for granted, but it is important to have a nice crisp, compact stroke to give you the best chance at good contact on the ball.

Correct Club Arc for Chip Shots

I want you to notice that as she is hitting how much the club arcs. In every shot we play the club should not go straight back and straight through. You can see the club actually arc to the left as she goes through the shot, it is very important to let that happen. If you release the club properly you should use your right forearm to turn as you go through, that lets the clubhead go down to the ground and hit the ball crisply.

Swing in an Arc

While the right arm is turning like that the left arm is actually folding and going off to the left. You have to swing in an arc, you have to keep it nice and compact, and you’re even using a little wrist as you set the club going back. If you work on your chipping you can have a nice tight pattern like that too. It will help you get it up and down.


Category: Chipping
Sub Categories: Arms

About the Instructor

Mike LaBauve
Mike LaBauve
Kierland Golf Club
15636 N. Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: 480-922-9283