A chip shot is a great way to get your ball close to the hole and make a putt with ease. However, many golfers have a hard time with this type of short shot. They don’t know how far they need to chip it and are often off target. To get better at this skill, you need to understand the flight and roll distance of your chips. This article will discuss how to calculate this and what to look for in a chipping stroke.
To figure out how far you can chip a golf ball, stand with your dominant hand next to the ball and try to underhand toss it near the hole. The distance you need to swing your arm back and forth in order to do this is roughly how far you will need to chip the ball in order to hit it within a yard of the cup. Alternatively, you can also use one of the many alignment aids fixed to the ground or even on your headcovers to help you determine how far to chip.
Once you have figured out how far to chip the ball, the next step is to practice your stroke. Remember that your chipping stroke should resemble your putting motion. This will ensure that your hands, wrists and elbows are relaxed, which allows you to generate more power. It will also allow you to swing the club in a more descending manner, which helps you loft the ball. You should also practice a smooth follow through, as this will help you get your ball closer to the hole.
Another thing to keep in mind when practicing your chipping stroke is the slope of the green. If it is uphill, you will need to hit the chip harder than if it was downhill. Similarly, if the green is very rough, you will need to hit the ball with more force than if it were in a fairway.
As you practice, you will begin to understand the amount of force required to chip a ball into the right spot on the green. Eventually, you will be able to chip the ball to your desired destination without worrying about whether it will go over the hole or not.
As you practice your chipping, it is important to keep in mind that a chip is a short shot and should be used in situations where a regular shot can’t. It is also helpful to remember that a chip flies shorter than it rolls, and the pitch-to-roll ratio should be taken into account when trying to decide which club to play. A good rule of thumb is to play the ball back in your stance for a short chip so that it will fly about 1/3rd of the distance and roll the other 2/3rds. This will give the ball enough elevation to skip over the green, but not so high that it won’t be able to roll to the cup.