Golf Swing Tips for Chipping Control

By Mike McGetrick

Good Chip Shots are All About the Approach Angle

When I watch Tour Players chip the ball around the green most of them always hit solid chip shots and their speed control is always around the hole. One reason for that is the angle of approach of how they hit the golf ball. When you watch higher handicappers, when they hit chip shots they come into the impact position with a level position or they actually swing up on the ball where the left wrist breaks and they skull the shot or they get a higher trajectory.

How to Hit a Good Chip Shot

What you want to do when you set up for chipping is position the ball back, right of center, your hand position is slightly forward, but the key to this, to get the club descending down into the ground, is to add a little wrist hinge on the backswing.

  • So when I swing back I am hinging my wrists back, which is elevating the club and gives me a little steeper angle of approach into the golf ball instead of going level back and through.
  • I am going to set up, hand forward, possibly a little weight forward, then I am going to have a little wrist hinge on the backstroke and then stroke through it.
  • Now the key is that when I stroke through it I am hinging my wrists, I have a more descending angle, but as you notice when I swing through how flat my left wrist is, I am not letting it bend through.

So the next time you go out and practice chipping, set up with the ball back, your hands forward, add a little wrist hinge on the backswing, swing through with a flat left wrist. If you practice this way you are going to become a better chipper.

About the Instructor

Mike McGetrick
Mike McGetrick
McGetrick Golf Academy
4900 Himalaya Road, Building Q
Denver, CO 80249
Tel: 303-799-0870