Symptom: You pull out your sand wedge from the fringe, thinking its your best chipping club, but the results are no good. You seldom converting up-and-downs from just off the green. The best golf chipping tip you’ve heard so far doesn’t seem to help. Expletives are uttered…
Description: If you can putt the ball, you should putt the ball. Put away your wedge and use the putter for more consistency and better scores.
Why it works: Around the green, and especially from the fringe, most Occasional Golfers will get the ball closer to the hole with their putter than a wedge. If the ball is on the fairway in front of the green, or the fringe around the green, or anywhere where the golf ball can travel across the grass without too much impediment, PUTT IT! It will save you strokes on the golf course.
The Best Golf Chipping Tip is — Putt!
After all, you can hit the ball with any club, no matter where you happen to be. You can hit putter off the tee if you want. Or you can hit driver on the green. There is no rule preventing this!
Ryo Ishikawa knows this — even though his ball is in the fringe, he knows a putt is the best percentage play since there’s not much rough to go through — have a look:
Ignore the Well-Meaning Best Golf Chipping Tip
Often, well-meaning golf teachers and tour pros and golf commentators talk about chipping with a seven iron and such, to carry just on to the green and “get the ball rolling on the green as quickly as possible”. This sounds reasonable, and I often hear this advice regurgitated from my playing companions.
However, my experience is that this doesn’t work very well unless you practice this a lot. It is good advice for tour pros who are trying to hole out such shots. But, you and I are not tour pros. We are mostly worried about getting up and down, and if the ball goes in the hole, that is a bonus.
You will do better by either a) putting the ball if you possibly can, or b) chipping the ball with the club you usually use to chip with and landing the ball on your chosen spot. Again, putt the ball whenever you can!
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