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If you want to be an expert chipper of the golf ball you to be versatile, you have to have more than one way to chip the golf ball.

So next time you are the course or practice area drop 3 balls in one position and give this method a try.

Select 3 clubs, a mid iron, a short iron and a wedge.


  1. A mid iron to land it approximately 25% of the journey in the air, 75% on the ground.
  2. The short iron to go approximately 50% of the journey in the air, 50% on the ground.
  3. The wedge, sand wedge or lob wedge to go approximately 75% of the journey in the air, 25% on the ground.


These ratios are not exact but just use them as a guide when imagining the shot that you want and then simply watch what happens.

You will soon get an idea of how each club reacts, by doing this drill for a number of weeks you will soon have a variety to your shots and more imagination in your short game.

Post your comments and let us know how you get on.

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  1. Ramesh Sapre

    Very useful suggestion. Shall try next time on the course.

    1. Piers Ward

      Hi Ramesh.

      Let us know how it goes.



  2. Calvin

    Thanks Piers. Always had trouble figuring out what shots to use around the green

  3. MIchael Dolberg

    Hi Piers,

    a “mid iron” would be e.g. a 7 iron ?

    Best regards


    1. Andy Proudman

      Hi Michael. Yes 6, 7 or 8 iron is fine.

  4. James

    I’m glad I found this. My short game has been killing me lately! I will be using this drill at the range from now on. Thanks guys.

    1. Andy

      Great. Hope this helps. Please let us know how you get on.

  5. RAL

    My playing partners often joke about how many clubs I carry across the green if I’ve missed the approach. I have always done this not knowing the lie etc.. Then they marvel at how well I’m putting, bu…

    1. Andy

      It sure is Robert. It doesn’t matter how just how many! Glad this was useful to you.