The Standard Chip
Keep it simple to improve consistency
The ball being in the middle of the stance naturally sets the hands in a neutral position. If I move the ball too far back, the hands naturally move forward; and vice versa. I like it all fairly central for consistently good ballstriking – you don’t want too much shaft lean, meaning you are hitting down too steeply.
You hear a lot of variations about how to hit a shot that travels a matter of feet. I’m not going to comment on other techniques and just say this to you – this is what I teach... and how I hit my chips myself. The stance is quite narrow compared to a full shot as you don’t need to hit it too far. The weight slightly favours the left foot.
Set shoulders square
The shoulders are square to the target with the lower half a little open. A central position for the ball also means the clubshaft is fairly neutral.
...bottom half open
The knees being aligned a little left of target helps you move through the ball and encourages you to get the chest turned to the target after impact.
Turn back and through
With this set-up, it is just a simple back and through motion. I don’t mind a tiny pause as you end the backswing, then turn through until your chest faces the target. Be sure to hit a positive chip.