How to Chip Uphill in Golf

How to Chip Uphill in Golf

Club Selection

Here I have an uphill chipping situation. I am going to chip one up to Joey, one of our teachers, and the key to chipping uphill is in the set up and the club selection. If I normally chip my 8-iron right to here and let it run up to Joe, what I would probably do is instead of the 8-iron go up to a 7-iron to allow for this pretty good little angle. It is probably hard to see on the camera but I have a good little uphill lie here.

Tilt Your Swing and Shoulders

The other thing that I try to do on an uphill lie is swing a little lower to the ground. I do not want to dig into the ground and not finish. I am still going to sweep through and let the ball run right to Joey. On the uphill lie I am going to tilt a little bit more with my shoulders on the angle of the hill so I feel like I am sweeping this chip. With a 7-iron I know it is going to roll pretty good, let's try a couple right to him. It is a smooth stroke, very little wrist on this, and let it run right up to him.

Summary

A couple of keys when you are chipping uphill. Drop down a club because the height that is going to occur by chipping up a severe slope, you don't get this shot too much just off the side of the green but it definitely will happen. Try to adjust your body to the slope of the hill, I try to do a couple of practice swings to get a feel for this little sweep up the hill. It is a little bit different than your normal chipping set up. That is key, then get your spot like we always do, chip to your little area and let it run right to the pin.

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

Jim McLean runs the Jim McLean Golf Schools, considered by some the world's finest. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #3 instructor in the world.


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