Practice Chipping With many Challenging Shots and Grasses
Let’s be honest – chipping isn’t the most exciting part of the game. Everybody loves to hit a long drive, stick a short iron tight to the pin, or nail a putt for birdie. But with chipping, you are usually just scrambling to save par (or worse), so it isn’t always the highlight of your round. Because of this, many golfers mistakenly choose to simply ignore their chipping game and fail to practice it at all on a regular basis.
Want Lower Scores? Learn to Chip
In reality, chipping might be the single fastest way to lower scores. Think about it – if you miss the green and hit a poor chip, a bogey is almost a sure result. If you miss the green and hit a good chip to within a few feet, you have an excellent chance to save your par. So, the question becomes, how many greens do you miss during a round? Even a good amateur player is going to miss about half the greens, while a less-capable player might miss 13-14 greens during an 18 hole round.
For the sake of some easy math, let’s imagine that you miss ten greens during an average round of golf. If you are currently a poor chipper, you may get those ten chances up and down just twice. By improving your chipping, it is well-within reach to get up and down six out of those ten tries (if not more). That means, by just improving your chipping, you could save four shots a round!
No matter how long you stand on the practice tee hitting drivers, you will never save four shots as quickly as you will with better chipping.