You likely carry a number of clubs in your golf bag that you use for chipping, including a 9-iron, pitching wedge, and sand wedge. Each of these clubs has not only a different loft, but also a different shaft length — and, unless you had your clubs fitted by a professional when you bought them, it’s possible that they’re not the right length for you. Having to adjust your posture to compensate for clubs of the incorrect length can make it difficult to chip properly. Ask the local golf pro or fitting professional look at your clubs and assess them against your stance. If they’re too long or too short, you can have new shafts installed — often in the course’s pro shop.
Regrip Your Chipping Clubs
Over time, the grips of your chipping clubs (and the other clubs in your bag) will get worn out. The result is that they’ll be tough to hang onto, which can result in the club sliding in your hands while you chip. This will make it difficult to chip with any degree of consistency, and you’ll find yourself struggling to play well around the greens as a result. Visiting the golf course’s pro shop gives you the chance to select new grips for your clubs that are the right size and offer plenty of stick, and have them installed by a professional.
Test Your Chipping In A Simulator
It’s possible that you may be struggling to chip consistently not because of your clubs, but because of how you use them. Many golf courses have a training area with simulator screens and cameras that allow you to take some practice shots and have the accredited golfing instructor analyze your swing. It’s easy to allow your front shoulder to fly open prematurely, for example, and this can be difficult to detect on your own. When you’re able to watch your swing in slow motion on a big screen, you’ll see the issues so that you can take steps to correct them.