In the summer of 2012, following two back surgeries earlier that year, all I could do was chip and putt. So I decided to start over with that and learn how to do them both the right way, not the way I had fallen into on my own.
I had a chipping lesson that June. I told the pro, pretend I’ve never hit a chip shot before and tell me how to do it from the ground up. That’s exactly what he did.
Whenever I have a golf lesson, I take notes afterward. I wrote down the points he made on chipping, practiced them a lot, because, remember that’s all I could do at the time, and I became a very good chipper.
I looked through the blog and found out that I had never posted the points he taught me. They don’t really substitute for a lesson, but here they are anyway. I hope you can make something of them. There are six.
1. Setup: The ball is in the center of your stance, weight is slightly left, the clubshaft leans slightly left. Light grip pressure, grip down to the metal for control.
2. The wrists break back slightly when the club goes back. Do not overdo this.
3. The shaft and the right knee feel like they are moving forward together.
4. The right knee continues breaking through the shot. The right heel comes off the ground.
5. The hips turn. There is no slide. The left hip moves straight back, not around.
6. The wrists are straight again at impact and do not break further (the right hand does not pass the left). The clubface ends up facing the sky.
As I have said earlier, think of sliding the sole of the club underneath the ball, not so much on hitting down on the ball. There is a bit of that, but do not emphasize it.
If you perfect this stroke, and calibrate a number of chipping clubs, getting up and down from greenside will become your expectation.