Golf Tips: Use One Wedge for Two Chip Shots


One can never get enough short game practice. We’ve found two chipping techniques you can put into practice the next time you play! They’re simple, straight forward, and easy to execute. Perfect for beginner and intermediate golfers who crave some chip shot direction.

In this golf instruction video, PGA professional Johan Kok demonstrates how to play two common chip shots using the same wedge.

You’re just off the green. Your golf ball may be resting in the intermediate rough or the primary rough. Either way, grab your 60 degree (or other) wedge, advises Kok. That one club will get the job done in both situations. All you need is a change in technique.

From intermediate rough. Position the ball in the center of your stance. Align your clubface square to the target. Then hit a normal chip or short pitch shot.

From primary (thicker) rough. Place the ball toward the back of your stance. Open the clubface. This time hit the chip or short pitch shot “a little more like a bunker shot,” says Kok. Make a bigger swing to pop the ball up in the air, land it softly and have it roll toward the hole.

With practice, by using the same club, you can improve your feel, results and confidence around the green. Make a few adjustments depending on the lie and let the club do the work.

Chipping Lesson Recap

Here’s a quick overview of the chipping lesson. Try these techniques the next time you hit the course.

Chipping Technique from Intermediate Rough:

  • Ball Position: Center

  • Club Face: Square

  • Swing: Normal

Chipping Technique from Primary Rough:

  • Ball Position: Back

  • Club Face: Open

  • Swing: Bigger

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.

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