Choose the Right Club to Chip it Close
Here’s a quick and easy tip you can use to start chipping it close from around the green.
Too often, amateurs rely on only one club around the green – usually one of their wedges – for every chip. Predictably, their results are inconsistent as they play from different distances.
As a general rule, the best policy is to get the ball on the ground on the green and rolling toward the hole as quickly as possible. But how do you know when to chip with a sand wedge versus a 7-iron? Use this easy guide, and you’ll find yourself saving more pars.
The choice of club depends on how far you need to carry the ball in the air to land it on the green and get it rolling toward the hole. If you need to carry the ball 50% to 75% of the distance, use your sand wedge. If you need to fly the ball more than 75% of the distance, use a lob wedge.
From 40%-50%, use your pitching wedge.
30%-40% = 9-iron
20%-30% = 8-iron
And anything under 20% — those shots when you really just need to bump it a short distance to get it on the green and on the move toward the hole – use your 7-iron.
Put this tip into practice, and you’ll wow your playing partners with your ability to score from any distance around the green.
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