In golf, a chip shot is almost like a putt, except a golfer is chipping a ball over thicker grass before letting it roll on the green. Learn about flipping the wrists in a chip shot with tips from a golf instructor in this free video on chipping in golf.
Hello, my name is Conan Elliott, and I'm director of instruction for Teacher of Champions Golf Schools here at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. Today, we're going to talk about chipping. Chipping is kind of in between, you don't want to have a full shot, we don't want to have a half shot with a pitch, it's just a little chip. Get the ball on the green and let it run. It's not a shot that's high, and it's not a shot that grabs and stops real fast on the green. But, a shot that kind of says I'm going to putt it, but I'm going to carry it over the bad grass to the green then let it roll. So, it's a chip shot. Chip and run a lot of people like to call it. The biggest problem we see with almost everyone that plays the game in chipping is the hands working back and forth with the wrist. As we come into the ball, we tend to flip our wrists to try to get it up in the air to try to get it to go. Well, you're not the job to get the ball in the air. It's the club's job to get the ball in the air. Your hands have got to stay quiet. I tell people all the time, you walk around like this all the time, they say what are you doing. Well, I'm learning to be a really good player. You walk around like this all the time, what are you doing? Well, I'm not getting any better. And that's kind of the way it works. A short game has got to have quiet hands. We also change the stance in chipping. Where we go from the normal stance to hit a golf shot, we narrow our stance significantly, we like to pull our left foot back off the line just a little bit. Move the ball back in our stance a little, and here, we'll actually lean a little to the left. We want our legs to be quiet, and our hands to be quiet. And we literally just slight lift, let the club work off its bottom to the ground. It's not a dig. It is just lean back, okay, right wrist quiet, hands quiet. See, my wrist is staying in that motion. That position right there. Feet narrow. Left foot back. Little weight on it. Quiet wrist. The key to chipping. See if we can hit a couple of those. It's not as hard as we make it. Feet narrow, left foot back, good grip, hands forward. Now, just quiet hands. See, my club never did go by me. My club stayed back of my hand line, see. That's the key to great chipping. No doubt about it. Better get the hands quiet. Lay the ball back toward the right foot, feet very narrow, left foot back, little weight on it, hands quiet. This is Conan Elliott. That's a technique at chipping.