How To Hit a Basic Chip Shot in Golf – Perfect Your Technique

Have you ever been told you are too handsy when chipping?

Maybe you are flipping the club through impact? Have you been hitting your chips fat and thin?

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Fixing an inconsistent chipping stroke is really quite simple and today we’re going to cover how to fix your chips once and for all.

In the last couple of chipping videos we learned how having the proper chipping setup and proper chipping technique can help you shave strokes off your game from around the green.

Now you can learn how using a device that you most likely already have can make these moves seem simpler than ever.

The RotaryConnect!

I see people every day give up strokes by using an improper chipping motion. The RotaryConnect will help you to use your arms and body as a unit and get rid of your flip forever.

The mistakes typically made in a chipping backswing and full shot backswing are very similar. The most common mistake is to bend the right arm too early and over hinge the right wrist. This brings the club back too far to the inside and can lead to a lot of inconsistency and poor contact.

With the RotaryConnect, you can cure this by keeping some pressure on the inside of the cuff during the backswing.  This forces you to get a better shoulder turn and less arm action, resulting in a much more consistent stroke.

Check out the image below of me using the RotaryConnect and how it teaches me to keep my arms straight and relaxed while forcing me to make a quieter chipping stroke:

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You can see just how much simpler my chipping stroke looks when my arms aren’t folding at the elbows as the RotaryConnect forces me to rotate my shoulders rather than just swing my arms across my body.

The RotaryConnect has a bar connecting the two cuffs and by moving that bar close to my chest like I talk about in this chipping video, my stroke has been reduced to the absolute least moving parts possible – and that’s the key to consistency.

What About Flipping?

What about flipping? Well, when you flip your wrists or break down your arms (“chicken wing”) after impact, it means you’re pushing from the right side.

With the RotaryConnect securely fastened to your arms, the chicken wing will feel very unnatural. By keeping some pressure on the cuff with your left arm in the follow through and not pushing so hard from the right, you will eliminate your chicken wing forever.

The flip comes most commonly from hinging the right wrist too much during the backswing, thus creating the feeling of wanting to release the right wrist by pushing in the downswing.

This right wrist hinging aggressively also causes the club to want to stray way inside, making it even more difficult to get the ball started online.

The RotaryConnect won’t fix your wrists, but this video will.

In fact, it was just the other day I was working with a student that had a similar problem. He was bending his right arm very early in the backswing, causing the club to go too far inside.

From there he was forced to get overactive with the right wrist and flip through impact.

With just a few minutes training with the RotaryConnect, his backswing position was much improved, and the flip had all but disappeared.

So you can say goodbye to those thin and heavy shots and look forward to winning a lot more money off your friends.

If you want to see the full video of how the RotaryConnect can make chipping simpler than you ever thought possible, click below!

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Chuck Quinton

is the founder of the RotarySwing Tour online golf instruction learning system. He played golf professionally for 8 years and has been teaching golf since 1995 and has worked with more than 100 playing professionals who have played on the PGA, and other major tours around the world.

2 thoughts on “How To Hit a Basic Chip Shot in Golf – Perfect Your Technique

  • November 21, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I am actually not entirely in agreement with the principles in this chipping article. In particular, the left arm should be quite relaxed (even bent) in the followthrough in a chip shot. Just take a look at any great short game artist from Watson to Ballesteros and you will see a “bent” left arm after impact. Now, is it bent in a “chicken wing” fashion? Not exactly (except in a bunker, where it needs to be a chicken wing!), but definitely not straight.

    • November 27, 2012 at 4:16 am

      It sounds like you are referring to something closer to a pitch shot. In which case you would be exactly right. This technique is for a bump and run chip shot. For longer shots it will rotate more and bend as the club passes the body.

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