SENIOR PLAYER: Three Ways to Cash In Chips
Most golfers choose to hit delicate chip shots around the green with just one club—usually their sand wedge—but there are a number of different options that will get the job done, depending on the lie and the situation. Here are three different ways to chip it close from short range, with all but one method employing your trusty sand wedge.
1. HYBRID CHIP: When you're several feet deep into the fringe, or in a mowed area with some slope to navigate, consider chipping with a hybrid or fairway wood. Center the ball between your feet, choke down 1 or 2 inches on the handle, and hit down on the ball like you're attempting a bump-and-run shot. It's that easy.
2. TOED-IN PUTTER: Sometimes chipping from the rough can be tricky, especially if you're on a downhill lie and the shot needs to be delicate. In this instance, try your putter. Address the ball with the toe of the putter instead of the face, set your weight left and lean the shaft forward, and then make your normal putting stroke. The putterhead should slide through the grass easily, popping the ball out softly.
3. BELLIED WEDGE: If the ball comes to rest against a collar of tall grass, you could choose to chip with a hybrid. Another option is to play the bellied wedge: Line up the leading edge of your sand wedge with the equator of the ball, lean the shaft left and make a level, easy putting stroke. The ball should hop a few times and then begin to roll like a putt once it reaches the green.