Chipping Like a Pro Golfer by Karen Nicoletti

Posted by on Feb 26, 2010 in Video Lesson | 0 comments

Do you get up and down from off the green?


You might be asking yourself what does this mean. When one golfer says to another golfer “good up and down” it means that you were off the side of the green and you chipped the ball onto the green and made the putt. In Charlie’s book “Golf’s Red Zone Challenge” there is a great quote about chipping, “When you’re a good chipper, chipping gives you par for a partner.”


A chip shot is defined as a low running shot, where a pitch shot is defined by more air time. A chip shot is necessary when you are only a few yards off the putting green. At the Reynolds Golf Academy we recommended a two club system, such as an 8 or 9 iron or a pitching wedge or sand wedge. Master two clubs so you can master distance control. You want to select a club which will allow for the ball to just carry onto the putting surface. How much green you have to work with will determine which club to use. Usually the rule of thumb is the further the flag is from the edge of the green, the less lofted of the two clubs you would choose. Everyone is different; it doesn’t matter which two clubs you choose, one is not better than the other. Master those two clubs and it will build your confidence around the greens.


Your number one priority in chipping is to hit the ball solidly. The majority of golfers try to lift the ball into the air and onto the green. This results in a scooping motion where your wrists bend upward and the club head gets in front of your hands. This may result in hitting it fat or topping it across the green. Other words in “golf launguage” associated to those bad shots are “chunking it” or “blading it”.


The keys to effective chipping are:

  1. Have about 60% to 80% of your weight on your forward leg, the leg closest to the target. Keep the weight there throughout the swing; no weight shift.
  2. Ball position is back of center.
  3. Hands slightly forward.
  4. The club is swung on an arc. Be careful not to take the club back to low or pick it up too sharply.
  5. Maintain the same grip pressure throughout the shot.
  6. Pick a spot where you want the ball to land, then release.



Remember practicing your chipping and becoming a solid ball striker can help your overall game. For more informationon chipping and drills to help you improve please go to and look at our series of video clips and sign up for our newsletter. We want you to be our next success story! If you have any questions please feel free to send me them at

Check our Charlie’s Chipping video below.


Happy Golfing!!



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