Choosing the right club around the green on your chip shots is critical for lowering your scores. If you want to break 90, 80, or even 70 you're going to need have a sound chipping strategy that enables you to hit the golf ball close to the hole from anywhere around the green.
How to Select the Right Club for a Chip
How do you know which club to chip with in golf? This depends on a couple key things that you must determine first.
- Do you get to practice your short game a lot?
- Do you like to hit the same club and manipulate the club face on your chips?
- Do you prefer to make the same stroke and use a different club on your chips?
Chipping with One Club
If you get to work on your chipping a pitching at least once a week, learning how to use one club such as a 60 degree wedge can be the most versatile. Chipping with a lob wedge allows you to hit the ball very high and very soft while also hitting it low. Chipping with this club also affords you the ability to chip it low with lots of spin or hit it low and release the face to get the golf ball to release more on the green.
Chipping with Multiple Clubs
Some golfers prefer hitting their chips with several different clubs while making the same stroke each time. The different loft on the club controls the distance rather than the golfer relying on his practice time to hone in the distance. While more limiting than learning to chip more with a lob wedge, it is easier to become more skilled quickly at getting your chip shots to end up near the hole more consistently.
How to Decide Which is Best for Your Chip Shots
In the video clip below, the instructor discusses the options for hitting the different shots and how you use the hands to dictate the type of shot you're going to hit. Once you've watched the clip, click here to watch the entire 20 minute chipping section from the DVD for FREE!