The basic strategy for a chip shot is that the ball lands on the green, preferably on a flat area and then rolls up to the hole. This of course represents chipping in its simplest form. In more cases than not this probably won’t be the situation we are faced with, and yet in most cases golfers reach for the same club and try to play the same shot for every chip. Before any choice is made three things should be considered.
Lie of the Ball
Landing and rolling area
The lie of the ball varies in a number of ways; all of which affect the shot and therefore impact upon players’ shot selection. In fact, the lie of the ball alone sometimes dictates how the shot is played. For example if the ball is sat on a very firm tight lie it means trying a flop shot is going to risky.
The land between the ball and the putting surface must be considered when playing a chip shot. Is the putting surface above or below the level of the ball? Where is the flag positioned in relation to the edge of the green? What are the ground conditions?
The landing area also influences players’ choice of shots. Once the ball lands, players must also consider the surface the ball will roll over. Things that should be noticed are how much the ball will break when it starts to roll, is it going to be quick or slow.
Chipping involves many variables; therefore it requires experience to chip well in different conditions.
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