Not many amateur golfers are familiar with the putter chipper, but it's a club to consider adding to your bag. The name suggests you can use it for both putting and chipping, but it's actually for chip-and-run shots in which the ball elevates slightly and then runs along the ground. But you use a putting stroke to perform the chip--hence the club's name. That's an easier shot to execute than a wedge from just off the green and is a fitting alternative for high handicap or beginner players. With a little bit of practice you can knock several strokes off your game with the putter chipper.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Grip the putter chipper with your regular putting grip.
Position yourself so the ball is 2 inches inside your left heel if you're a right-handed player. For left-handed players, have the ball 2 inches inside the right heel.
Position your hands slightly ahead of the ball.
Place 60 per cent of your weight on your left foot. For left-handed players, make it 60 per cent on your right foot.
Hit the ball with a regular pendulum putting stroke. The backswing and follow-through should be equal in length and one fluid motion. The swing should be with hands and arms. The head and body should move only after you follow through on the shot.
Putter Chipper Practice Drill
Tips and warnings
- Use a carpeted surface if you do this drill indoors, but take only short swings to get a feel for the technique if you do it in the house. You don't want to damage walls and furniture.
- The putter chipper stroke works best for shots around the apron of the green when no obstacle such as a sand trap is between your ball and the hole.
- Practice various lengths of backswing to gauge how far the ball typically travels with each. The distance the ball travels depends on the backswing, the brand of club and ball and the speed of the practice surface.
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