Depending on who you talk too, there are many ways to chip a golf ball. My darling wife asked me that very question a few days ago and I told her to do what feels natural. Now, I am a strong believer that players like Phil Mickelson have more to to offer on this subject than most can absorb; yet I continue to follow his teachings. But for players like my wife who have to work through what is best for them, Phil’s teachings are too detailed for her growing skill-set. So, this goes back to the question, What is the right way to chip a golf ball?
I have demonstrated what I think is the best way to chip a golf ball in the following infographic:
Of course this just covers a small portion on chipping and it is something I have honed over years of playing. These positions and swing movements fit my game, but may or may not fit my wife’s. During her pratice sessions, which she wants to do on her own, she is finding the proper technique that works for her. I offer some advice or direction when asked, but mostly she is finding out the right way for her to chip a golf ball.
This is a great lesson for us all! We have to find out what works for our game and do that. Now, I believe that basic chipping has 60 or 70 percent similar actions that should be followed; but if my wife or anyone else does not agree, who am I to argue. Each player should find what works for them and hone that skill. As they improve or advance in skill they might want to change. If not, then that is good too.
So the the answer to What is the right way to chip a ball – what ever feels natural and comfortable. I am learning as I play more that most people just want to have fun and make contact with the ball. If they ask advice, I will provide the 80% solution. The rest is up to them.
What do think is the right way to chip a golf ball?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!