Ladder Chipping Drill to Develop Distance Control

By Jim McLean

Using the Ladder Drill

This is called the ladder drill, great for distance control and developing feel. You need feel to be a good chipper. The idea here is that we are going to chip our first ball to a certain distance, the second ball has to go past that, the third ball has to go past the second, the fourth one and then the fifth one. Each one get a little harder. Then you go pick the balls up and do it again. You do this drill maybe for 20 minutes.

Developing Your Range and Touch

It is great for developing touch and feel, we are not really concerned with exactly where the ball goes but rather how far the ball goes. My first one is a short chip, let it run out, this is an 8-iron I am chipping with here. The next one just a little bit past it, maybe a yard or so. The next one is definitely past it, I hit that one pretty hard and it went by it. This next one I have to go by the last one, good, and now my next one has to go past that. There are five in a row. I go pick them up and do it again. I keep working on my control, the miles per hour that I am swinging this club. I develop more touch, sensory perception and you become a very very dangerous chipper.


Category: General
Sub Categories: Chipping, Distance, Swing Drills

About the Instructor

Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL