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Learn how to chip like a pro:

 

**1. Understanding the Basics:**

– Learn about the different clubs used for chipping, such as wedges and short irons.
– Understand the purpose of a chip shot: to get the ball onto the green and rolling towards the hole with minimal air time and maximum ground time.

**2. Club Selection:**

– Choose the right club for the distance you need to cover. This could be anywhere from a 7-iron to a pitching wedge, depending on how far you need the ball to fly and roll.

**3. Grip:**

– A firm but relaxed grip is essential, just like in putting. Some golfers prefer to use their putting grip for chipping, while others use a regular grip but choke down on the club for more control.

**4. Stance and Posture:**

– Stand with your feet closer together than for a full shot, and position the ball towards the back of your stance.
– Your weight should be on your front foot, and your body should be slightly leaning towards the target.

**5. Stroke:**

– Your wrists should stay firm during the stroke, and your shoulders should drive the swing, much like in putting.
– The backswing for a chip shot is relatively short, and the club should be accelerated through the ball at impact.

**6. Ball Position and Impact:**

– At impact, the clubface should be square to the target line, and the ball should be struck with a descending blow.
– The ball should pop up briefly and then roll out towards the target, like a putt.

**7. Loft:**

– Understand the concept of loft and how changing clubs can alter the trajectory and roll of your chip shots.
– Practice with different clubs to learn how each one affects the flight and roll of the ball.

**8. Lie:**

– Be able to assess the lie of your ball and adjust your setup and stroke accordingly. A poor lie may require a steeper swing and more loft to get the ball onto the green.

**9. Mental Game:**

– Maintain a positive and calm mindset. Confidence in chipping can significantly improve your performance.
– Visualize the shot before making it, seeing the trajectory and roll of the ball.

**10. Practice:**

– Regular practice is essential. Use different clubs and aim for different targets to simulate course conditions.
– Practice both long and short chip shots, as well as chips from different lies.

Chipping, like putting, requires a combination of technical skill and touch. With regular practice and a solid understanding of the basics, you can chip like a pro!