How to Hit a Chip Shot

How to Hit a Chip Shot

My golf coach Garrett Louis, instructor for Top 50 Teacher In America and PGA Teacher Of The Year Martin Chuck's, Tour Striker Golf Academy in Phoenix Arizona, teaches me how to hit a chip shot.Let's talk about how we can hit a basic chip shot. ...

My golf coach Garrett Louis, instructor for Top 50 Teacher In America and PGA Teacher Of The Year Martin Chuck’s, Tour Striker Golf Academy in Phoenix Arizona, teaches me how to hit a chip shot.

Let’s talk about how we can hit a basic chip shot. Oftentimes, I see people and they set up and they get comfortable when they’re hitting this chip shot and you can see how my elbows are separated and I’ve got this squatty look to me. And so I want you to start with the club head up here, so we can build really nice arm structure.

We’ve got to have that. We’ve got to have our arms nice and structured up to hit a good chip shot and so you can see how my elbows are squeezing together. I’m going to take this nice arm structure and I’m going to tip over to the golf ball. I have a narrow stance and the ball is just somewhere in the middle of that narrow stance. And then I’m going to feel like I can move this club head with my upper torso.

And that ball hit on the green quite nice and rolled out pretty close to the hole there. And so those are the key pieces to hitting a basic chip shot and I have an aim stick here.

Well, actually I have two. This is the golfer’s toolbox, but an aim stick will do the same for you and it’s my target line and so it’s really also important to have good aim when we’re hitting chip shots. And then another aim stick would be, and this is a great training aid. I’ll put this down on the ground here.

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I’ll build my nice structure and then I’ll see if I can bump this aim stick along the grass, because if we can get really good at hitting this little bitty target down here on this tip end of the aim stick, then hitting a golf ball becomes that much easier.

So take an aim stick, bump it along the grass a few times and then put a golf ball in play and make sure we have our arms nice and structured up. Tip over to little widey down there and then move this club head with your upper torso. And that’s how you can start to be on your way to getting really good at this basic chipping…

Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast both on Apple and Spotify talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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