Chipping, like putting, is a very personal skill that most golfers have developed to one degree or another. Over the past few years, I adopted the practice of getting the ball rolling as quickly as possible around the green. I believe that this technique saves me strokes, but I realize that not all players feel the same way; it is a matter of choice.
I adopted the process of putting with my 7 iron (yes, I used the word putting on purpose) around the green because I like to have the ball roll to the pin as much as possible. Of course there are limitations to this using this technique, yet it is for the golfer to decide which situation warrants which club when chipping. Personally, I am all about using a 7 iron as much as possible.
Now that you understand my chipping approach, I found a video that explains how I set up my 7 iron putt. That is, except for three things which I will discuss below:
The two differences in my setup are minor. I do them to add feel in my hands and comfort over the ball. In no particular order:
- The first deals with chocking down on the grip. I may not go all the way to the bottom of the grip, but I am close. There is a position where I am comfortable hunched over the ball and I think that this also applies to you. Too low and I stress my back; too high and my mechanics suffer. So, it is important for you to find your comfort position.
- I use my putting grip when chipping with my 7 iron. This grip helps increase my feel when chipping. Additionally, I hold the club softer and it keeps my wrists locked. These are all good things as I make solid contact through the ball and get the ball rolling as quickly as possible.
- I never considered moving my left foot back a half a ball. I do not flair my foot as mentioned in the video, but I square both feet on my target line. As I think about it, this might be the reason I miss right more often than not. I guess I have something to consider next time I am practicing with my 7 iron around the green.
The title of the article might be a bit misleading. The entire aspect of my diatribe today is to roll the ball as quickly as possible when chipping with my 7 iron. The proof is in the pudding because my up and down stat has increased since I started using my 7 iron around the green; hence my overall score has dropped a stroke or two. And this is a good thing for sure.
Do you use a 7 iron around the green to chip? If not, what is our go to club?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!