Four Tips to Better Chipping

Mark Oswald
General Manager
The Highlands at Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ.
Marana, AZ

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The Chip shot is a low rolling shot. These four tips will make your shot look and play like it should.

1. Play ball back in stance. Ball position is very important in making the ball stay low to the ground and roll. The ball should be placed just inside of the back foot to allow for the maximum amount of roll.

2. Weight is on front foot. Your weight should be at least 80% on the front foot and your weight should stay in this position throughout the stroke. This again allows the ball to stay lower in flight and maximize the amount of roll.

3. Use no wrist. This stroke should be done with the arms and shoulders. This is the pendulum stroke used in putting. The wrists breaking will allow the ball to loft into the air and not roll upon hitting the ground. By using no wrist you guarantee roll. Look at your finish position. You should see no bend in your left wrist.

4. Make a low follow through. Keep the club low to the ground during the stroke. Look again at the finish. Your club should not be way up in the air, it should resemble your putting finish, low and towards the target.

Mark Oswald is a PGA Professional and General Manager at the Oro Valley Country Club in Oro Valley, Arizona. For more information, contact Mark via email or visit