PGA Tour player shares his best tips for high, medium, and low chips

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Table of Contents Swing Evaluation for $125How to hit a low chipHow to hit a medium chipHow to hit a high chipLuke Kerr-Dineen Related Articles Recreational golfers miss more greens than Tour players — making a good wedge game all the more important. After all, if the average seven handicap […]

Recreational golfers miss more greens than Tour players — making a good wedge game all the more important. After all, if the average seven handicap is only hitting about eight greens per round, on average, they’ll need to hit lots of good chips to save pars and shoot a good score.

So how do they do it?

PGA Tour player and GOLFTEC ambassador, Jim Knous, suggests a simple strategy.

“It depends on the player, but you’ve got to stick with what you’re good at,” he says. “If you like hitting bump-and-runs, hit bump-and-runs. If you like hitting high shots to every hole, hit high shots.”

But the first step to finding out which shot you’re best at requires trying each one, he says, and learning the correct technique for each.

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How to hit a low chip

Best used for when you have lots of green to work with, the trundling low shot will tend to roll more than it flies. To hit it Knous says to choose a low-lofted club and play the ball back in your stance

The low chip.

How to hit a medium chip

For something a little higher — but not an out-and-out flop shot — choose a club with a bit more loft and move the ball a little more up in your stance. The key tip for this, Knous says, is to look at the spot where you want your shot to land while you’re making practice strokes.

The medium chip.

How to hit a high chip

Moving all the way up the spectrum, to loft one high, the first step is to reach for your highest lofted wedge and to open the face wide, Knous says. Combine that with a bigger, steeper swing, and you’ll get a shot that starts high, lands soft, and spins a lot.

The high chip.

Once you find one you’re most comfortable with, practice it. There’s no such thing as perfect in golf, but if you can get good at one shot style, you’ll be able to depend on it when you need to.

Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Director of Service Journalism at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

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