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Just curious, what is the best chipping advice you have ever received? Was anything a game-changer?

 

Do you do each/any of the following or all of the following depending on the shot?

1) Slightly open face

2) Square face

3) Stand closer, square face, toe down (putting stroke)

 

Do you focus on bring the club straight back like a putting motion? Would love to hear everyone's thoughts.

 

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Wasn't sure if I posted this yet, but the first 10 minutes of this video is, by far, the best short game concept/instruction I've ever seen -- for beginners, advanced, or expert players alike. Watch i

Not said, watched. Tiger & Spieth They rotate and open chest to target. "Chip like you putt" has to be the single worst short game advice ever given. Watch those guys, they don't come close to mat

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Follow through, don't just get to the ball and stop.

 

Bits of advice that are right behind that (though, concurrent in your shot)

-Keep accelerating through the ball

-Say the words "left shoulder right shoulder" to yourself to get good tempo

 

But "follow through" was when I began truly understanding what playing a short game was all about, and ultimately, how to control where my shots land.

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23 minutes ago, Mr_Wolfe said:

Just curious, what is the best chipping advice you have ever received? Was anything a game-changer?

 

Do you do each/any of the following or all of the following depending on the shot?

1) Slightly open face

2) Square face

3) Stand closer, square face, toe down (putting stroke)

 

Do you focus on bring the club straight back like a putting motion? Would love to hear everyone's thoughts.

 

Mr. Wolfe

Yes I will do 1,2,3 as well as closed face and wide open face. 

 

I never try to go straight back, straight through! Seems like a recipe for yips. 

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Keep the right arm moving. Face angle is more for changing the shot type/spin. A standard chip I will pretty much always play with a square face. I think a good way to think about it for simplicity is that it’s essentially a putt with a lofted club.

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Here you go...forget everything else you been told:

 

 

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1 hour ago, Mr_Wolfe said:

Just curious, what is the best chipping advice you have ever received? Was anything a game-changer?

 

Do you do each/any of the following or all of the following depending on the shot?

1) Slightly open face

2) Square face

3) Stand closer, square face, toe down (putting stroke)

 

Do you focus on bring the club straight back like a putting motion? Would love to hear everyone's thoughts.

 

Mr. Wolfe

Get your weight on the front foot and then put more weight on your front foot. 

 

I follow Phil's chipping fundamental in this video and like he does here my wieght is about 90% on my front foot. (you can even see him left his back foot up in his stance)

 

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Appreciate all of the responses. Chipping is my favorite part of the game. Well, my favorite part of the game to practice. I'll take a GIR any day of the week. Anyways, I always found it fascinating watching youtube vidoes on chipping as there are so many variances.

 

I consider myself a pretty good chipper, but last season, I found myself having a few shanks around the green. Not often, but it can mentally screw up a round for you. I found that I was coming too far inside on my back-swing and exposing the hosel coming through. I started coming more "straight back and straight through" which eliminated 99% of my shanks.

 

I just love hearing everyone's "ah huh!" moments as each one can work differently for each person.

 

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1 hour ago, 2bGood said:

 like his big tip - get you body position correct with the weight way forward (skip to the 2min mark)

 

I like Phil, Utley, and Sieckmann, but Paddy breaks it down so simply.  As a two time Champion Golfer of the Year, he’s got my attention. 

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34 minutes ago, Mr_Wolfe said:

Appreciate all of the responses. Chipping is my favorite part of the game. Well, my favorite part of the game to practice. I'll take a GIR any day of the week. Anyways, I always found it fascinating watching youtube vidoes on chipping as there are so many variances.

 

I consider myself a pretty good chipper, but last season, I found myself having a few shanks around the green. Not often, but it can mentally screw up a round for you. I found that I was coming too far inside on my back-swing and exposing the hosel coming through. I started coming more "straight back and straight through" which eliminated 99% of my shanks.

 

I just love hearing everyone's "ah huh!" moments as each one can work differently for each person.

 

Mr. Wolfe

Maybe add a trigger warning before you mention the s-word. 

 

I really did not need to read that. 🥺

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I don't know about advice, but for me chipping has always been about confidence and getting the ball rolling. I expect to make everything and always read chips like putts. I use a 9 iron or PW WAY more than a club with loft. Unless you have hours to practice, it's much easier to be consistent without using lots of spin. 

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16 minutes ago, TheDeanAbides said:

I don't know about advice, but for me chipping has always been about confidence and getting the ball rolling. I expect to make everything and always read chips like putts. I use a 9 iron or PW WAY more than a club with loft. Unless you have hours to practice, it's much easier to be consistent without using lots of spin. 

 

100% agree!! The best thing I ever did for my short game was put down the 58˚ or 60˚ wedge I was using at the time. Lofted clubs force you to be to exact with your shot. I now only use that 58˚ if I have to clear an obstacle and get down.

 

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14 hours ago, TexasTurf said:

Use the putter. You know how hard to hit it.

Actually no, that's the part that screws me up, judging how hard to hit through fairway grass etc.  Plus most courses I play have rough around the green.  What do you do if there is a bunker in the way, or a creek?  

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7 minutes ago, Nard_S said:

Not said, watched. Tiger & Spieth They rotate and open chest to target. "Chip like you putt" has to be the single worst short game advice ever given. Watch those guys, they don't come close to matching their putt stroke.

Is the rotation an action or a reaction?  Tiger says he feels it all in his hands........chip like you putt can work, for a chip....low running mid iron type of shot.  You are correct, horrible advice for a soft pitch shot or a low spinner.  

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1 minute ago, dlygrisse said:

Is the rotation an action or a reaction?  Tiger says he feels it all in his hands........chip like you putt can work, for a chip....low running mid iron type of shot.  You are correct, horrible advice for a soft pitch shot or a low spinner.  

A good putting stroke has a positive AoA, not ideal for chipping, even with a less lofted club. At that point why not just use the actual putter

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Tough to say as I've received and heard a lot of good chipping advice, so much so that my short game around the green is still as strength of my game and I rarely practice it.

 

Off the top of my head, the best pieces of advice I've heard are the following.

 

1.  You want to use the sole/bounce  of the club to contact the ground more than the leading edge.  

 

2.  Calvin Peete talked about how he defined a chip shot as not needing to use much or any wrist hinging versus a 'pitch' requiring a wrist hinge action.

 

3.  The Rule of 12:

 

 

 

4.  Finally, I found that once I had all of these principles in place when my chipping went south I found that I was too focused on mechanics instead of focusing on the target where I wanted to land the ball and just feel the stroke I had to make to get the ball to land on that target.  When I do the latter, my chipping is usually very good.

 

I think the Rule of 12 is a good method to follow because often with amateurs I see them just take a SW and then have to carry it further which makes the shot more difficult due to the proximity of the target being further away, but also having to have more control over the spin.  And because they have to carry the ball further, they start to add more shaft lean and that puts the leading edge into play and causes skulls and chunks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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