How often have you missed your approach shot? I know that when I am shooting between 50 to 60% GIR, then I am having a great day. This means that during each round, I am chipping around the green between 6 and 9 times. Unfortunately, it is these shots that will make or my score; I am sure if you think about it, it affects your as well.
Of the 400ish chips from within 20 yards of the green I make every year, it is surprisingly how few I ever chip in. I lip out a bit, but most of the time I miss by varying degrees. If I do chip in, it is usually only once per round, but every now and again, I will do it twice. But of all the rounds I have played, I have only chipped in 3 times, once.
I asked a question early in the week about chip-ins and figure two would be the most popular and I was not mistaken.
This special round was about 20 years ago. I was not playing particularly well and therefore had many opportunities to chip. As a result, sunk two chips with my 7 iron from approximately 5 yards from the green, and 1 chip with my PW from about 15 yards. It was quite special and every shot rolled out like a putt. Unfortunately, the result of my chip-ins only resulted in a net score of minus 1. I cannot remember my final score at the end of the day, but I suggest it would likely have been in the 80 range.
Another situation happened in 2013; I chipped in on the same hole from the same spot, one week apart. It was during the playoffs of intersection golf and my partner was thrilled. This was the only time it happen in my career, but it was fun to do. I guess any chip-in is fun, but this situation seemed to accentuate the thrill.
Chipping in does lower your golf score. It is tough to do, but when it happens, it is something special. I practice and practice, but my percentage never really increases. I think that to expect more than the odd success would a bit silly, but on can always hope. Do you chip-in often?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!