Chipping Distance Control

One easy way to improve your distance control when chipping is to practice consistently landing the ball in the same spot every time. A simple drill is to place a golf towel, hoop or similar target on the ground a few paces away.

Once you have the feel and control to land the ball consistently in the same spot then chipping different distances can be achieved by using different clubs to achieve different amounts of roll.

The Chipping Ratio

With a Sand Wedge practice landing the ball 2 metres away and only have it roll another 2 metres. Once you have the technique to achieve this you can simply change club depending on what the ratio is between the landing distance and the roll distance.

The further you land the ball away the harder it is to achieve a consistent result, so ideally, the golfer should land the ball on the green as soon as possible and roll the ball to the hole.

The Chipping Ratio Chart

Ensure you use the same setup and technique for all clubs to ensure its accuracy.

The chipping ratio can be altered by:

  • Changing set up or technique, which will alter the ball flight and give more or less roll.
  • Miss hitting the ball
  • Uphill or downhill shots
  • Pace and firmness of the green

All these things should be taken into consideration when calculating where you want to land the ball and how far you want it to roll for all chips.

Kindest Regards

David Williams
PGA Teaching Professional
Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links
Upper Beaconsfield, Melbourne, Australia

Willow
Director of Golf & Coaching @ Rossdale Golf Club
Director of Golf & Coaching
Rossdale Golf Club
Aspendale, VIC. Australia

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