Using a club with too much loft is a common fault seen in poor chipping, whose basic idea is to get the ball rolling on the ground as soon as possible.
DEFINITION: A chip shot is a low running shot that has little air time and more roll time. It can be played from anywhere off of the green when there are no obstacles forcing us to hit the ball over them, like rough, bunkers or mounds.
WHAT CLUB SHOULD I USE? You may use many different clubs depending on how much you need the ball to roll.
SETUP: The setup is critical to the success of this shot. It allows for the descending blow needed to hit crisp chips.
TIP: The shaft leans forward at impact!
THE FINISH: Learn to hold your finish.
HOW DO I CONTROL MY DISTANCE? To go different distances, use the same setup and swing and just change clubs. A more lofted club (SW) causes the ball to roll less and a less lofted club (6 iron) causes the ball to roll more. Experiment with this idea to become more comfortable using different clubs.
Again, the secret to improvement in your chipping is starting in the correct setup position and maintaining the forward shaft lean at impact!
Tips Shared by Marci Bozarth:
Marci Bozarth is the Head Golf Professional for the Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas. She is a Class A member of the LPGA and a former member of the LPGA Tour.