How to Chip Successfully in Golf and Save Par More Often

Chipping well is often the difference between a decent day on the golf course, and a good one. Even the best golfers miss a few greens from time to time, so having the ability to chip the ball close and save par is very important to your score at the end of the day. If you know you have the ability to chip the ball close, it actually can serve to relax the rest of your game knowing that your chipping could make up for a poor approach shot from the fairway.

If you would like to save par a little more often and shave a few strokes off your handicap, consider the chipping tips below.

  • Don't choke down too much. Most golf teachers will tell you to choke down on the grip of the club when you are chipping, but be careful not to do it too much. When you choke down, you start to lose some of the feel of the club head, and it can become harder to control your distance. A little choke down on the grip is fine, but don't go so far that you lose a feel for the club.
  • Read the lie. Only try to hit shots that the lie of the ball is allowing you to hit. In other words, be realistic about what shots are possible from the grass that you find your ball in and pick your shot based on that information. For example, if you are buried in some deep grass, a bump and run chip shot is probably not a good choice. Rather, you will need to use a sand wedge that can get down into the grass and pop the ball up and out softly.
  • Chip from better places. Chipping gets drastically harder if you have to chip downhill, or if you don't have very much green between you and the hole. Try to make it a point to think ahead when hitting your approach shots and position your ball such that you will have an easier chip shot.
  • Down on the ball. Just as with hitting an iron shot from the fairway, you want to hit down on the back of the ball while you are chipping from around the green. Keep your eyes on the ball throughout the stroke, and focus on making clean and solid contact.