How to Chip from the Hardpan

Mr. Short Game is back with 2 different types of shots to try when you find yourself short side and on some hard pan.

Mr. Short Game is back with 2 different types of shots to try when you chip from the hardpan and find yourself on the short side.

Chip from the Hardpan

The lie and your confidence will dictate which one you choose, but both good options for this tough shot. One is a bit more challenging to pull off but an excellent alternative if the lie calls for it. Check them both out.



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  1. B A

    October 11, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Open the club face and pound it down is exactly how I taught myself to hit a flop shot I had a lot of fun and hit some great shots with it. Never thought of using it on hard pan.. Will give it a try on the range .

    • Richard Stevens

      April 16, 2021 at 9:46 am

      Dear Mr Short Game (Matt)

      I think your video: how to “chip off hard pan” is fabulous!! As a very advanced competitive player, I’d like to add several points: … your “option one” is really a “pitch” and not a “chip” whether you use the traditional definition of a pitch which is that it has more intended airtime then ground time (The traditional definition of a chip is that it has more intended ground time than air time) or you use a technique definition. Of course, if you use the traditional definition we both hit many shots that are technically chips with a pitching technique and also hit many pitches with a chipping technique. Personally, I think it’s important for your students to know the difference in definitions and techniques. You show very clearly the difference in technique in your video but call them both “chip” shots. Also, I would call your second option a bump and run even though it is “chipping technique.” I hate it went on television an announcer calls a 25 yard pitch (or lob) shot over a bunker a chip shot. In addition, I suggest a third option for hitting a green side shot off of hard pan or out of an awful lie: use a bunker shot technique and intentionally hit it fat.

      Anyway… I thought your video was excellent… but! IMHO, there’s more to the story.


      Richard Stevens

  2. Nolan H.

    October 20, 2020 at 2:49 am

    When you say “throw the bounce on the ground”, do you feel like the trail hand/arm is providing the force?

  3. Andre Gelinas

    April 16, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Pretty good lesson once we build confidence with a lofted club [58+].

  4. Mark Allen

    April 16, 2021 at 9:33 am

    One question ..where are your hands, are they even with the ball, or behind it, or ahead of the ball


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