How to Use a Golf Chipper

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A chipper is a golf club that combines a putter with a wedge. Most chippers feature around a 30-degree loft, which is ideal for shots that are a bit too long for a putter but also a bit too short for a wedge. While chippers are legal for tournament play, your chipper must be single-faced and feature a cylindrical grip rather than a grip with a flat end like a putter. The chipper tends to be easier than a wedge for novice golfers, so is ideal for teaching golf fundamentals before a golfer masters every type of club.

Grip the chipper the same way you would grip your putter. Place your non-dominant hand near the top of the grip with your thumb running down the shaft. Wrap your dominant hand around your thumb and interlock the fourth finger of your dominant hand with the first finger of your non-dominant hand.

Approach the ball the same way you would approach a putt. Position yourself so that the ball is closer to your lead foot than your hind foot. Adjust your stance so that a bit more than half your weight is over your lead foot.

Move the club back between two and four feet by swiveling your hips. Keep your arms straight.

Swing the chipper like a pendulum without using your wrists, elbows or shoulders. Your motion should be slow and smooth, as with a putt.

Follow through your swing with the chipper moving toward the hole.

Tips

The chipper will give your ball a bit of loft and a lot of roll. Plan for your ball to land on the green to maximize the rolling distance of the golf ball.

Practice using your chipper on the putting green before playing a game with it. While the swing is very similar to a standard putt, the way the ball travels is different, due to the club's loft. Only by practicing several times will you learn how the ball travels and better understand when to use your chipper.

Warnings

Chippers with two faces and chippers with grips featuring a flat end like a putter are both illegal for tournament play but are sold by a number of manufacturers. If you plan to play by tournament rules, make sure to buy a legal chipper.

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