Golf chipper – Where to use
The key to being successful with a chipper is to know where to use it. With a loft lower than you find in a Sand wedge or lob wedges, you will be restricted in using the chipper. Here are the locations you will want to take this out.
Anytime you are on the fringe
The chipper shines when you find yourself on the fringe and must hit a basic chip. This is where you almost take a putting stroke with the chipper in hand and look a quick up and down shot.
The shot from the fringe is good for average golfers and beginners, and honestly, even some better players try to create this same sensation with other clubs in their bags. Movement in the swing is minimal, and there is very little room for error (fat shots, chunks, skulls, etc.).
When your golf ball is on the approach and the pin is in the back
If you are on the short grass in front of the hole and there is no trouble between you and the pin, the chipper is a great wedge to consider using. With this shot, you will want to ensure there is not much trouble between you and the pin. Remember that the golf ball will be in the air for just a short time, and then it will hit the ground and run away from you quite a bit.
With the pin in the back, you have some room to allow the ball to come down on the green and roll toward the target. Backspin on a chipper is not nearly as high as it will be, with clubs that have higher loft options and grooves specifically designed for spin.
Curious how much other golf clubs roll out after a short shot around the green? Our Chipping rule of 12 post is repeatedly one of the most popular blog posts on AEC Info.
Newer players from short grass around the greens
When you first start playing golf, the chipper can offer the percentage shot. You will have maximum control of your pitch shots and chips, and the room for error is less than it is with a traditional wedge.
Even if a professional golfer or lower handicap golfer may use a higher lofted wedge to get the ball close to a hole, using a chipper to get the ball airborne and at least to the center of the green could save you some strokes.