The loft on a golf club are designed for specific reasons. Some are lower lofts to hit the ball far and others are higher to help control your shot at the pin. This is a known fact and yet many players grab a lofted club (like a wedge) and change their stance and grip to de-loft the face. I have to admit that early in my career, I felt it was the right thing to do, but now it just seems crazy!
It does not make any sense to use a 56 degree sand wedge and change to loft to it is now a 7 iron. Why not just use a 7 iron? Generally, players have a huge forward press because they chip with only one club and adjust their hands to meet their needs. This is folly and I do not recommend it.
I realize that it takes some practice to hit different clubs, but it really makes the most sense because we would be using the same swing (which is sustainable and repeatable) but with different results if we just changed clubs.
Interestingly, many amateurs only make this adjustment with their short, scoring clubs. I cannot imagine forcing my hands forward with my woods or long irons, my ball would end up in the woods to the right. So, I wonder where the convention of a massive forward press came from when chipping or pitching? It is an urban legend that most players debunk, but it takes time and frustration to accomplish.
In the visual infographic, I would be using a different club for each shot. Given all the conditions remained identical and it was a straight forward shot no hazards out of the fairway: I would use 7-iron for the short chip, PW for the medium shot, and a gap or sand wedge for the long chip. This might seem opposite to what you would normally use (longer irons for the longer shot), but it works for my game. However, out of long grass or over hazards, I would select different lofted clubs to meet the needs of the shot. There is no standard answer.
Moving forward, I suggest that instead of moving your hands forward to change how the ball reacts off your club, to change your club and keep the exact same swing during all shots. It is sustainable, repeatable, and the most consistent way to score.
Do you forward press and de-loft your club?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!