How Different Golf Clubs Affect Chipping Trajectory and Roll

By Sandy LaBauve

How Different Clubs Affect Trajectory

As you watch me chip from this angle notice how different the trajectory is and how much roll I get based on the club that I select.

I am just going to hit these to a flat green here so that you can see what club I would use here depending on the distance.

  • This first club is a 54-degree wedge, I am playing it back in my stance, still a little narrow stance, balance my weight a little on the left. The ball goes up a little more because it is a 54-degree wedge but the ball still runs.
  • Next I am going to hit a pitching wedge, this one has about 48 degrees of loft, same set up, that one is going to go a little bit lower and run a little bit more. Next I am going to hit an 8-iron, this one might go off the green because this green is not too deep. Same set up. You can see the ball is getting a little bit lower and running a little bit more.
  • Finally I am going to hit this rescue club and it should definitely go off the green but it would be ideal if I had a very long chip or was chipping uphill. This one I am going to play in the center of my stance and merely just putt with my rescue club. You can see how low and how much that ball wants to run.

Keep a Similar Swing on Chip Shots, No Matter the Club

When I am hitting my chip shots I am really keeping the swing very similar. I am just substituting different clubs. It is a low swing on both sides no matter what club I choose. When I finish, make sure you finish with your hands over near your left leg. The finish is not going to be very high and this swing is still on an arc. The head of the club will be just to the left of the aim line you have chosen.

Work on your chipping. I know there are lot of times where you can putt from just off the green but sometimes a chip shot is going to save you a stroke.


Category: Chipping
Sub Categories: Club Selection, Trajectory

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

Sandy LaBauve is one of the world's best beginner, junior and women's instructors. She is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and is Founder and Creative Consultant for the LPGA Junior Girls Golf Club.