How to Hit a Chip Shot

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A chip shot in golf can be performed with any of a number of clubs, including a seven iron, an eight iron, a nine iron, a pitching wedge or a sand wedge. Find out how a chipping swing is a lot like a putting swing with help from a Class A member of the PGA of America in this free video on chip shots in golf.

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Hi, this is Kevin Battersby with, in Coconut Creek, Florida. In this clip, I'm going to show you how to do a chip shot. I have in my hands a pitching wedge. When you're chipping you could chip with any number of clubs; seven iron, eight iron, nine, pitching sand, depending on where the pin is from your shot, but we're going to go with the pitching wedge first. The grip could either be one of two grips. I actually employ my normal full swing grip with my chip which is my overlap bargain grip, so to speak. A lot of players, though, will use their putting grip, even tour players, because the chipping swing is actually a putting swing. I think more and more players are using their regular grip now, but I'd say fifty-fifty on the tour, you'll see players using their full swing chip to grip and then others using their putting grip, whatever that might be. And again, the reason being is that the chipping swing is a putting idea. In other words, there's no wrist action. You'll notice, when I do the chip shot I'll put the ball off my right foot for a right-handed golfer. I'm going to lean left with my weight and lift my heel up slightly, and then I'm going to use my putting swing. And what this does is give me a very good strike, and you notice there's not a lot of movement out of the grip end of the club. One of the features you can do to help you learn your chip shots is to put a tee in the butt of the club. Let that tee point at your sternum when you're chipping and as I chip that won't leave that area. If you notice the tee moving either way towards my forearms then I've used my wrist action. I'm not using, really, a chipping method, which is a one letter swing similar to my putt. And that's why you could use your putting swing or your regular full swing grip. But one of the keys is to keep the ball more to the right in your stance to get a nice club ball crisp contact when you're hitting your chip shots. When hitting your chip shots you might choose several clubs. I have a pitch wedge in my hand here, and what you want to try to do is have some graduation in your distances for your shots. Let's just say from zero to ten feet from the fringe you'd be using your sand wedge; ten to twenty feet you'd use your pitching wedge, and so on down. Twenty to thirty feet you might use your nine iron. Thirty to forty feet you might use your eight iron, and so on. You don't necessarily have to use exactly the graduations I gave you there but try to have a system where you're using more than one club, because you need different trajectories for the ball to get on the green and to get close enough to make your putt. This is Kevin Battersby, showing you how to chip.


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