• Improve Your Golf Game by Learning the Fundamentals of Chipping

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    Captain's Golf Course
    Brewster, MA, is known as Cape Cod’s “Sea Captain’s Town”. In 1850 there were over 50 sea captains living in Brewster at one time; 115 have lived there since 1840. The golf holes at the Captains Golf Course are named after some of these sea-faring men.

    Fundamentals of chipping

    Steve Knowles, PGA
    Head Golf Professional
    The Captain’s Golf Course


    1. The club should rest in your fingers
    2. When your grip the club your left thumb will be down the shaft
    3. Your thumb and forefinger will create a “V”, which will point at your right shoulder
    4. The pad of the thumb on the right hand will cover your left thumb nail
    5. The fingers of the right hand will wrap around the shaft and your right thumb will be just to the left of the shaft.
    6. Your thumb and forefinger will create a “V”, which will point at your right shoulder


    1. Your stance will be slightly open allowing your shoulders to move freely
    2. Your feet will be a little less than shoulder width apart
    3. The ball will be positioned in the middle of your stance
    4. Your club-face will be pointed at your target
    5. Your weight will be forward in your stance; about 60%-40%
    6. Your hands will be slightly ahead of the ball


    1. Your backswing will be low to the ground
    2. Your follow through will be the same length as your backswing
    3. Be sure to accelerate through the shot
    4. Keep your left wrist flat and point it to the target after impact
    5. You want to sweep your club over the top of the grass, just letting the ball get in the way of your club

    Chipping drills:

    1. Connect a piece of string between 2 tees.  Place the tees into the ground so the string is about 1 inch above the ground.  Ask the student to take a normal chipping stroke and attempt to hit the ball under string.

    Purpose:  The student should not be able to hit the ball under the string, in fact the ball should jump over the string.  This teaches the student to accelerate and hit down through the ball.

    1. The student takes 3 balls.  They will hit their first ball and look at the result of their shot.  The student will then have to make adjustments to correct the shot and make it better next time.

    Purpose:  The student will learn feel.  They will have to learn from their shots and correct how hard or soft they should swing to get the ball to go to the correct spot.

    April 08, 2014