How to Chip a Golf Ball

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A chip shot, necessary when you're only a few yards from the putting green, is usually played with a low-lofted club in order to get the ball rolling on the green as quickly as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Golf Shirts
  • Golf Lessons
  • Golf Bags
  • Golf Balls
  • Golf Club Cleaners
  • Golf Club Grips
  • Golf Clubs
  • Golf Gloves
  • Golf Hats
  • Golf Practice Equipment
  • Golf Shoes
  • Select a club with low loft (usually anything from a 4-iron to a 7-iron), which will allow for the ball to just carry onto the putting surface.

  • Select a target on the green to aim for and estimate where you want the ball to stop.

  • Grasp the club by the steel shaft close to the end of the grip.

  • Flex your knees to get down to the golf ball.

  • Keep the golf ball close to your feet.

  • Shift most of your weight to your left side (your right side if you are left-handed).

  • Loosen your elbows.

  • Use a putting stroke to swing the club an equal distance back and then through the ball.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your hands ahead of, or even with, the club head on the follow-through.
  • Grip the club firmly so that the rough doesn't twist the club on the swing.
  • Get the ball rolling on the green as soon as possible; this will make it easier to control the shot.
  • In deep rough, angle the club so the toe is the only part touching the ground.
  • In windy or downhill conditions, or on fast greens, always chip the ball instead of pitching it.
  • Repair all divots taken.
  • Be careful not to hit the ball too hard; otherwise it might roll off the other side of the green.

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