Chipping Options Around the Green

Mr. Short Game is back with multiple chipping options to try next time you find yourself around the green on hard pan or with a tight lie.

Mr. Short Game is back with multiple chipping options to try next time you find yourself around the green on hardpan or with a tight lie.

While there’s no wrong option here, most golfers select their highest lofted wedge, usually the 60 degree. This can be risky, as a mishit will usually result in a chunk.

Matt’s preference is option #2, the second most lofted club in his bag. It is the same shot with a slight adjustment. Watch as he demonstrates all 3 options. The key is to pick the shot that gives YOU the highest probability of success.

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  1. BA

    January 8, 2021 at 9:26 am

    I agree that everyone should pick the club that works best for themselves and practice with it a lot. I found that when I spend my limited practice time using a 8-iron around the green things get much easier. Then there is not a lot of questioning of which club to use. Also then I have more confidence in using it.

  2. Leon Amer

    September 13, 2021 at 7:05 am

    Being somewhat technically-minded, I thought opening the club face would send the ball off to the right of the target unless you open your stance by the same degree to compensate. I don’t see Mr SG doing that or even mentioning it. How can you hit a ball with the face open to the line through impact and NOT impart fade / slice direction and spin to it ?

  3. David Bloom

    May 15, 2022 at 6:16 am

    Everyone that teaches chipping talks about the club to use but there are way too many different options….where to play the ball in your stance; open stance/square stance; hands ahead/even; short back swing/long back swing; open shoulders, square ; swing thru etc. Come on, we are amateurs playing golf for fun and some satisfaction. Isn’t there one simple way to chip; club to use; standard grip…..that will satisfy most of us and help us get up and down a good portion of the time?

  4. Ben

    May 15, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    Using a 54°, 58°, or even a 50° wedge cause the ball, on a short chip, to check up? I prefer my 44° W or 9 iron for short to medium chips.

  5. Ray Sundararaman

    November 11, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    This may seem strange but I chip better when I use only the right hand.

  6. Fred

    November 18, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    I find it easier to chip with a hybrid which has a 6 or 7 iron loft, as long as I am within 12 to 15, or so, feet from the green.


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