GOLF: How To Chip Like The Pros

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How To Chip Like The Pros

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One of the biggest differentiators between score ranges is chipping – proximately to the hole, up-and-down percentage, your ability to save par or make bogey instead of double – it’s super important.

When I coach chipping in person, probably 90% of the time I have to tell people two things. Almost everyone I see chips with their ankles about shoulder or just inside a shoulder width apart. You’ve got to get your feet closer together. I want your heels almost touching. Toes aren't touching because I flare out my left foot a little bit, but my feet are super duper close together. The only reason I need width of stance is to be able to shift some pressure on my feet for power. In chipping, I don't want the ability to move a lot of pressure in my feet. I want good contact and precision, so we're getting our feet closer together.

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The second thing I always have to tell people constantly is you are not getting close enough to the ball. Watch good players chip and see how close they are to the ball. A lot of them are really close, like on top of the ball. The golf ball is probably just a little bit more than a grip length away from the foot.

If I'm standing that close to the ball I may need the shaft more vertical. Shaft more vertical would be better than shaft too far down. You should also grip down on the club.

There are a few in-swing principles as well. The first is hinge amounts. Whatever you do going back, try and do the same thing going through. Meaning, if you're going to be more Steve Stricker or Jason Day, when you go back and sort of have less hinge, then again, you have to keep that sort of less hinge on the way through. You have to watch during the backswing. If you go no hinge, you don't want to add hinge.

Swing plane is the next thing you need to think about. I would prefer you guys to be right on the plane or even slightly outside of the plane. I’d much prefer the club head working more outside when I'm doing pitching and chipping.

In swing we also have to deal with clubface. If your club face is really closed or tilted down going back, you're going to use a lot of leading edge and you're going to struggle with contact. If you make a backswing where the clubface is more open, you will have a lot of options from there – including using the bounce.

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When we look at swing length in chipping, high-level players oftentimes take the club head back farther than they bring it through. The backswing is longer than the follow through.

Those are the things you should be looking at when you chip. That's how the pros do it. That's how you guys should do it too.


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Kyle Grona says:

I like how you're kinda fed up with us. "come on guys I've told y'all this a hundred times"

rrassoc says:

The further back I go, the less predictable my distance control. I always over-shoot. How do pros go back to 9 and keep the ball from traveling yards and yards too far?

J noble says:

So easy to understand.
This guy is good.

Phil Andrews says:

Thanks very much for some sound advice.

Stephen Lunt says:

Im new to golf. Would you call this a bump+ run?. My chipping is bad but a friend of mine told to view my shot as if I was putting.

Sam Drajanoff says:

Good basic info, thanks!

Ryan Belaire says:

Wow. Something so simple like taking it inside too much. Saved me a lot of grief. Thank you.

I enjoy your style of video. Please keep it coming.

Federico Bazo says:

What about the position of the ball regarding the feet, how far back? I saw on the video some shots were the ball was in line with the tip of your right foot and others were the ball was in line with the heel of your right foot. What do you suggest?

Dave Patterson says:

Eric, another great video. Do you recommend using an open or square to target line stance? I saw a video recently that said feet and hips square with shoulders open. The idea was the swing path would be slightly out to in (following shoulder line) but the club face would stay square to target resulting in a straight chip with cut spin. Your thoughts?

Donnie Raines says:

Eric..I like the close proximity to ball set up, and narrower stance…and BTW, I also bought a Volkswagon Jetta on the mid video advertisement…Its Blue… #TwoFerTuesdayTips

Dreama40 says:

Eric you've helped my short game so much i thought it fair that i bought some of your merch.

L Follzz says:

i keep hitting the hovel and it just goes straight right.. am i standing too close you think?

koicarp0 says:

To Eric, From Mr Yips. really great video almost everything you say not to do, I do . Thank you

Paul Malone says:

What usually cause double hits. ? I do that some on real short chips . I’m a good player that hit a lot of good chips when on .

Christer Andersson says:

Really this where one of the better videos I have seen in the short game.

Nat Chongsanguan says:

Very clear, very focused and very well explained.

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