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How to Use a Golf Chipper

author image Brian Richards
Brian Richards is an attorney whose work has appeared in law and philosophy journals and online in legal blogs and article repositories. He has been a writer since 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from University of California, San Diego and a Juris Doctor from Lewis and Clark School of Law.
How to Use a Golf Chipper
Golfer chipping a putt. Photo Credit: Jacob Wackerhausen/iStock/Getty Images

A chipper is a golf club that combines a putter with a wedge. Most chippers feature around a 30-degree loft, which is ideal for shots that are a bit too long for a putter but also a bit too short for a wedge. While chippers are legal for tournament play, your chipper must be single-faced and feature a cylindrical grip rather than a grip with a flat end like a putter. The chipper tends to be easier than a wedge for novice golfers, so is ideal for teaching golf fundamentals before a golfer masters every type of club.

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Step 1

Grip the chipper the same way you would grip your putter. Place your non-dominant hand near the top of the grip with your thumb running down the shaft. Wrap your dominant hand around your thumb and interlock the fourth finger of your dominant hand with the first finger of your non-dominant hand.

Step 2

Approach the ball the same way you would approach a putt. Position yourself so that the ball is closer to your lead foot than your hind foot. Adjust your stance so that a bit more than half your weight is over your lead foot.

Step 3

Move the club back between two and four feet by swiveling your hips. Keep your arms straight.

Step 4

Swing the chipper like a pendulum without using your wrists, elbows or shoulders. Your motion should be slow and smooth, as with a putt.

Step 5

Follow through your swing with the chipper moving toward the hole.

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