How to Chip in Golf: How to Improve Chipping Distance Control

So Why is Distance Control Important?

One of the easiest ways to drop strokes off your golf game is through improving your chipping. The average 85 shooter is faced with 13 chips, pitches and putts per round. The quickest way to break into the 70’s is to improve your chipping distance control and improve your up and down percentage.

Distance control is the most important aspect of chipping. Think back to the last time you were faced with a difficult chip and did not get the desired result. Maybe you left the ball 15 feet away from the hole.

I would bet that you did not miss the chip 15 feet to the right or to the left. Most likely you were short or long of the hole.  That is why controlling distance is so crucial. That is where we all have the most room for improvement, and where we can drop strokes the fastest.

Take the Test

Grab 10 golf balls and head to the practice green.  Pick a shot roughly 50 feet from the hole on a fairly level lie. Hit 10 shots to the hole and map out your shots. You might find them to look something like this.

Notice how most balls miss short and long, but the direction of the shots are consistent.

You will notice that most of the balls that are farthest from the hole are both short and long. The distance the balls missed from left to right was insignificant.

If the speed was perfect on each shot, most of the remaining putts would be less than 2 feet.

How to Improve

We have a great drill to help you hone in on your chipping distance control. The “Ladder Drill” will have you chipping closer than ever in just a few practice sessions.

The key is to constantly observe the distance you hit each shot and adjust. Having a set target for the maximum distance of each shot is important to get the proper feedback as you practice your chipping.

To watch the “Ladder Drill” video click here.  Or for more information on how to perfect your golf swing, visit for over 2  ½ hours of free instruction.

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Rotary Swing Instructor,

Clay Ballard

How to Chip Better in Golf: Perfect Your Technique with the Rotary Connect

Have you ever been told you are too handsy when chipping?

Maybe you are flipping the club through impact? Have you been hitting your chips fat and thin?

You have most likely been given bad advice by a teaching professional, or playing partner that is leading to higher scores around the green.

In the last couple of videos we learned how having the proper setup and technique can help you shave strokes off your game from around the green.

Now you can learn how using a device that you most likely already have can make these moves seem simpler than ever.

The Rotary Connect!

I see people everyday give up strokes by using the improper chipping motion. The Rotary Connect will help you to use your arms and body as a unit and get rid of your flip forever.

The chipping backswing and full shot backswing are very similar. An easy mistake to make is to bend the right arm too early and over hinge the right wrist. This brings the club back too far to the inside and can lead to a lot of inconsistency.

With the Rotary Connect you can cure this by keeping some pressure on the inside of the cuff during the backswing.  This forces you to get a better shoulder turn and less arm action, resulting in a much more consistent stroke.

What about flipping? Well when you flip or “chicken wing” after impact your left arm is folding. With the Rotary connect securely fastened to your arms this will feel very unnatural. By keeping some pressure on the cuff with your left arm in the follow through you will eliminate your flip forever.

In fact it was just the other day I was working with a student that had a similar problem He was bending his right arm very early in the backswing, causing the club to go too far inside.

From there he was forced to get over active with the right wrist and flip through impact.

With just a few minutes training with the Rotary Connect his backswing position was much improved and the flip had all but disappeared.

So you can say goodbye to those thin and heavy shots, and look forward to winning a lot more money off your friends.

If you want to see the full video of how the Rotary Connect can make chipping simpler than you ever thought possible click here!


How to Chip in Golf – How to Spin Your Chip Shots

Putting spin on your chip shots and pitches is what every amateur golfer craves.

You see the tour pros hit these low-flying shots that look like they’re about to fly over the green. Then, they hit and slam on the brakes, and the ball spins backwards!


Learning how to hit shots that fly low and spin a lot is a matter of technique. Understanding the factors that influence spin are critical, so let’s start there.

First, you have to understand that spin is primarily dictated by loft, NOT SPEED.

To understand this further, try chipping with your driver. It likely has around 50 degrees less loft than your wedge and, no matter how hard you hit it, it won’t spin more than your lob wedge.

Most golfers are taught to set up for a chip by DELOFTING their wedge to help them avoid hitting it fat, when in fact, this typically results in the exact opposite!

Take a look at the two setups below and try and figure out which pitch shot will spin more:


short game chip shot


If you guessed the one on the left, then you’re heading in the right direction! Even though most golf instructors teach the setup on the right, it reduces the ability to spin the ball by 30% as you can read in this chipping article here.

Needless to say, you’re setting yourself up for failure if you want to spin the ball a lot from a short distance by setting up with a lot of shaft lean.

The second problem this setup causes is hitting the ball fat.

As you can see in the image below, when you setup with the ball back in your stance you will significantly alter your angle of attack.


short game pitch shot


With a negative 18 degree angle of attack, there is no bounce left on the wedge to avoid digging into the turf, so if the leading edge hits the ground before the club face hits the ball, you’re in trouble. This is the exact recipe for laying the sod over the ball.

This is best illustrated in the following videos:




These videos clearly show how steeply the golf club will approach the ball on a pitch shot with this type of setup, putting you at risk for chunking your chips. Learning how to use the bounce is the key!

If you want to learn how to become a great chipper very quickly, you need the 7-part “Golf Chipping How-To Guide,” which is only available to Premium Members.

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How to Chip – Golf Tips from Butch Harmon – “Harm”ful to Your Game?

Tired of laying the sod over your chips?

Here’s a great article about a golf tip from Golf Digest where Butch Harmon gives the age old advise of playing the ball back in your stance for hitting chip shots from tight lies. Dave Pelz is another golf instructor who teaches this method, but has this method gone “old-school”?

Today’s golf instruction is way more advanced than it was even 10 years ago. The use of high speed cameras, high tech computers and launch monitors has changed our understanding of the game – even in chipping. With today’s launch monitors like the Flight Scope X2, we can see how much spin even a chip shot has!

However, even with this much understanding of the mechanics of the golf swing now, many golf instructors seem to be stuck in their ways. They refuse to change their instruction methods even in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence. However, in the case of this chipping tip from Butch Harmon, you don’t need a launch monitor to figure out why this is bad advice.

If you’re tired of laying the sod over your chips, read this very informative golf tip here: “The Modern Chipping Stroke – Golf Tip to Never Hit a Fat Chip Again!”