‘Pu-chipping’ can be easy with proper body mechanics

Chipping is the bane of many golfers’ games, but it can be very easy to perform if you understand the proper set-up.

It is similar to putting because you are primarily using your upper body; your shoulders and arms.  I often call chipping around the green “Pu-Chipping” because of the likeness of the two strokes.

The main difference between chipping and putting is the stance and club selection. Club selection for chipping may vary from any wedge to a mid-iron.  The following steps are for setting up a proper chipping stance for shots around the green:

1) Feet need to be inside the shoulders.

2) Turn both feet about 35-45 degrees toward the target.

3) Lean your body weight more toward your forward foot.

4) Use the shoulders and arms to move the club back and forward through the target line.

As you follow the steps you will notice that when you move your feet toward the target 35-45 degrees, you will deactivate the hips. This is a good thing. You want the lower body to be inactive and quiet during this motion.

Too much activity will thrust the ball too far for this simple shot around the green. This is why chipping is similar to putting; it’s primarily an upper body motion.

So the next time your ball is around the green, think about chipping as…’Pu-Chipping’. Let your shoulders and arms make the stroke and allow the clubface to do its job.


Meredith Kirk is a USGTF level 3 certified Myrtle Beach golf instructor and is passionate about teaching golf to all levels of players. Her teaching methods combine golf mechanics with mind-body-spirit connection. She holds a BA from Coastal Carolina University in Public Relations in the Church and is a graduate of Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary with a degree in Bible Counseling. She is also the author of  the book, “Thy Club and Thy Staff“. A brand new release that tees up 21 devotions bringing together the basics of good golf and the fundamentals of strong faith.

Visit her online site at http://www.meredithkirkgolf.com/

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