Chip by numbers
Select the right club around the green with this simple rule of thumb
Fault: Using the wrong club for the shot Fix: Focus on carry/run ratios
You can split any greenside shot into two portions – the distance to the green, and the distance from the edge of the green to the flag. Your most effective chip shot sees the ball in the air for the first part of that, and on or close to the ground for the second. That allows you to land on the green for a predictable bounce. Of course the carry/runout percentages will vary from chip to chip; but to adapt to this, change the club and not your technique. Here’s how to do it.
Present consistent loftWhichever club you’re using, your ability to carry the ball your chosen distance will improve when you’re in control of the attack angle. Keep ball position central and set your shirt buttons slightly ahead of the ball to create a subtle downward blow.