Each time I set up for a chip (from any distance really), I have the expectation of chipping in. Of course this rarely happens, but I do not think that lag chipping is the proper approach to playing aggressive golf. Believe me when I tell you that I have hit some terrible chips, but the mental process of focusing on dropping a chip is always at the front of my mind. I believe that this approach is best suited for my game and has a dual function that helps to routinely lower my golf score; I think this approach will help your game as well.
To accomplish my goal of chipping in, I have to ensure that technique supports my intent. For the most part, my chipping is okay (self-assessment) and I my misses are not too damaging to my score. Unfortunately, I do have stretches where I could not chip the ball on the green if I was standing beside it. For the purposes of this article, my distance from the green for a chip in is 20 yards or less.
My chipping technique has evolved over the years. I have worked on reducing my wrist movement and have tried to incorporate a whole body approach of big muscles. It seems like a different approach to beginners, but the less wrist movement was my goal to successful chipping. Of course, through my journey, I have developed my own technique, as all golfers should, that fits my skill level. This technique should evolve with keeping some fundamental movements that I can use to build success. The following video offers two of these movements:
When I chipping with success, I do have the proper chest and wrist movements. I hear solid contact off the face and I am able to control my flight distance very well. Using the big muscles in my shoulders, back and core are very important to hitting the chip shot I envision. When I neglect to use any of these techniques, especially breaking my wrists, The failure to use the proper technique all the time is a mental breakdown on my part and I will continue to struggle with this error I am sure. But, knowing that I have the proper foundation for consistent chipping helps me when standing over the ball.
Chipping in is always my goal. When I keep this in mind, my misses result in an easier and short putt to finish the hole. I do not intentionally try to cozy the ball up to the hole because I do not see the point. I realize that playing defensively is very important on some shots because of the course conditions and layout. However, by aiming small, like the hole, I have a tendency to miss small. That is always my goal when chipping. To accomplish my intent, I need to ensure that I engage my big muscles and not my wrists as the video explains. When this happens, I expect to chip in every time. When it does, then I have hit the perfect golf shot……right?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!