#139 Web TV: Improve Your 5 Metre Chip Shots

Improve Your 5 Metre Chip Shots

Did you know that you can improve your chip shots without having to do it on the chipping green?

You don’t even need to be at a golf course.

In today’s tip I am going to show you how you can improve your chip shots at home, in your backyard.

What you will need;

  • Your wedge – I have used a 60 degree lob wedge
  • Golf balls
  • Chipping next – if you have one (or you can use a bucket, umbrella etc)
  • Synthetic grass mat.

What we are going to work on here is for you to keep stability with your chipping technique and you can practice a particular distance… in this case a 5 metre distance.

Once you are set up the plan is to work on the control of the backswing and the forward swing, so that you have and can create a consistent action, and you are aiming and chipping the golf ball into the chipping net.

If you are a right handed golfer this is what you want to ensure that you do with your set up;

  • Left foot forward and right foot back
  • Right foot heel is not touching the ground (you you are on the ball of your foot)
  • Ball will be in line with the left foot

If you are a left handed golfer this is what you want to ensure that you do with your set up;

  • Left right forward and left foot back
  • Left foot heel is not touching the ground (you you are on the ball of your foot)
  • Ball will be in line with the right foot

When you are performing this swing action it is a STRAIGHT BACK & STRAIGHT THROUGH ACTION.

There is no wrist bend you are wanting to keep your wrists straight.

Your goal with this chipping technique is to establish the same swing length each time… somewhere around the 7 or 8 o’clock take back and finishing somewhere around the 5 or 4 c’clock area. This is something you will have to establish when you are practicing this 5 metre chip shot at your chipping net.

Once you have established that feel and swing length, the challenge that you will have is then maintaining it. It is easy to lose it once you have repeated it a few times because then you feel that you have got it.

So let’s add an extra challenge in there for you… so that you can focus on what you need to do, work on getting your swing length right for that distance and begin to ingrain it.

Here is what to do…

The extra challenge is to see if you can chip the ball into the hole… 5 in a row!

It’s an easy drill to work on, you can do it at home… because you can develop control and you these type of shots… length of shots will crop up for you in your game and you will know exactly what to do, because you have practiced it.

Have an absolutely awesome day, take care, and remember; Tee it high and Let it fly.

To your golfing success,
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Tiffany Mika

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14 Responses to #139 Web TV: Improve Your 5 Metre Chip Shots

  1. Anne February 22, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    Thanks tiff my chipping costs me about 8-10 shots per round ….I take it on the course the net is not the hole but where you want to chip to

    • Tiffany Mika February 24, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

      Hi Anne

      Yes Anne that is exactly correct. It is where you want to chip the ball too (may not be the hole but where you want to land the ball).

      Tiff 🙂

  2. Mary February 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    How far do we expect the ball to roll after chipping the 5m distance Tiff?

    • Tiffany Mika February 24, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

      Hi Mary

      Great question Mary… depending on the height of the ball, but perfect world if it pops up the way it should, somewhere around the 3 to 5 metre mark. Once you practice it in the next so you get your swing length right, then take it out onto the chipping green and test it out.

      Tiff 😉

  3. Brian Clements February 22, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    Hi Tiff, many thanks for the info on chipping. My question is – I have no backyard to speak of so I use a synthetic mat on top of pavers in a fairly restricted area, for this I use plastic balls you know the ones like ping pong balls but with holes in. Are these suitable please. Also you sometimes say ” the things the golf pro’s don’t teach you” so can you tell me briefly why they do not teach you certain things.

    Thanks. Brian

    • Tiffany Mika February 24, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

      Hi Brian

      Yes the plastic balls are ok, all you are doing here with them is to get the feel of the stroke, so that is fine to use them.

      Ah yes, what the golf pros don’t teach you… Brian many golf pros teach technique and there are many great teachers out there… but do you ever get taught strategies on how to play on the golf course, with your techniques? That’s alot of what I do.

      Tiff 😉

  4. Dave O'Neill February 23, 2017 at 8:44 am #

    Great idea to use at home Tiff, when we can in the Spring. Bucket or umbrella is good idea. I plan on getting a net for all of us to practice with outside. I will try the one leg approach and see how it goes, helps to groove your balance. Thanks!

    Also, here’s the link below to the Arnold Palmer book. I bought mine used for about $.01 plus shipping. Great resource and sound advice from one of the greatest. Take care. -David

    • Tiffany Mika February 24, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

      Hi Dave

      It left legs provides balance and stability, what you need to feel in your chip shots.

      Thanks for the Arnold Palmer book too 🙂

      Tiff 🙂

  5. Jill Barnes February 28, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    That is a really vital drill for balance and grooving the swing for a certain length. The hardest thing I find is going back to far!! I note also you holding your follow through with clubface still open (naturally). I’m closing it as I come through. Cant wait to try it out. Jill

    • Tiffany Mika March 2, 2017 at 8:59 am #

      Hi Jill

      This is the perfect drill for yes balance and swing length. It’s definitely a control thing and learning to control your swing length for a particular distance.

      My club face is actually not open but think of it as square (natural) there is absolutely no wrist movement or hand movement in the the club head.

      Let me know how your practice goes 🙂

      Tiff 😉

  6. Jenelle Sanna February 28, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    Hi Tiff

    As usual you have a brilliant tip! Thank you.I plan to set myself up with a bucket, or a net if I can find one easily, and go to work. You make it look so easy. I think that if I can do it at home, like your video shows, I will not make such hard work of it on the course!

    Thanks heaps Tiff.


    • Tiffany Mika March 2, 2017 at 9:02 am #

      Hi Jenelle

      Thank you! You can do this easily Jenelle, it will also help your pitching and help you stay committed to the shot.

      You can do this Jenelle, you have a great swing and potential to really play the type of golf you would like… it is just going to take some dedication in practice.

      I look forward to seeing how it comes off on the golf course.

      Tiff 😉

  7. Kay Brett October 30, 2017 at 8:02 am #

    Great tip Tiff. Our chipping is a bit ordinary so we look forward to practising this drill. Will let you know how we go.

    • Tiffany Mika October 30, 2017 at 8:42 am #

      Hi Kay

      This is great stuff. That tip is a goodie… and easy to work on.


      Tiff 🙂

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