Making the Perfect Chip Shot 

A chip shot is very similar to the pitch shot, except that the ball does not go as far into the air. It may travel just a few feet when a chip shot is made.

Choosing The Right Club

There is no hard and fast rule on choosing the right club however, you must decide by assessing the circumstances of the terrain and how you need the ball to travel.

When it come's to choosing the right club to chip the choices from professional golfers vary, typically from two schools of thought:

1) Some prefer to use just one club as much as possible when making chip shots.

The reason? Because when you practice as many chip shots as you can with just one club, you can become an expert in handling that club. They believe in the old saying that goes: "Jack of all trades, master of none".

2) On the flip side various pro golfers use as many different clubs as they can. The reason? So that you can become skilled at adapting to the different conditions on the course for the shot.Gavin_coles-chipping-shortgame-golf-chip-shot

How To Chip The Ball

Learning how to chip the ball properly is not rocket science, yet it does take practice and technique to get it right every time. The following steps help break down a chip shot for better understanding:

Set your weight to the left of your stance

Take a light, yet solid grip on the club.

Look at the green and select the ideal spot in which you want the ball to land.

Take a brief moment and visualize your swing making perfect impact with the ball, and having it land in that exact same spot.

Keeping your wrists firm, take the club back and keep it low to the ground. Your turn should be rotated by the shoulders, keeping your legs and lower body out of the swing and as still as possible.

Chipping: Try Chipping With Your 3 Wood

A chip shot is simply getting the ball to roll on the ground and stay that way until it reaches the hole (in or near it). One way to accomplish this goal is to use your 3 Wood.

Why The 3 Wood?

The standard loft of a 3 wood is about 15 degrees. The standard loft of a 4 iron is approximately 24 degrees. Putters provide a loft of only 5 to 6 degrees (and less).

So when you chip with the 3 wood then you are propelling the ball much lower than you can with an iron. It also gives the ball a quicker hop than a putter.

The following conditions are prime examples of when it's time to grab your 3 wood and starting chipping:

1. When the green is leveled above the ball, thereby needing you to "chip it up". On most golf courses, the ball will come to land on hard ground which could be knocked towards the hole on the next shot by using a putter.

However, if your shot to the green is uphill or there is a ridge in the way, and using the putter to hit the ball makes you feel uneasy, then you have a decent chance to chip the ball up and over by using your 3 wood.

2. When the ball is lying on perfectly short-cut grass or firm, hard ground. This is the type of situation where using your iron may offer a higher margin of error than using your 3 wood. It can be a bit tricky when hitting a chip off of a firm surface. The more loft that a club has then the more precise the blade must strike at impact with the ball.