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Chip Putting

A combination of

Chipping and Putting.


Chip Putting is a useful addition to your normal Putting Stroke. This is because getting the ball to roll out to the hole can sometimes require a change in technique.

It is associated with a technique that is used:

  1. When you are faced with an extra long putt, usually on the green.
  2. When you find your ball on the fringe of the green and putting is not a good option.

Putting like you Chip

Shot 1

Dave Pelz in his Short Game Bible (1999) uses the term 'chiputt'. It refers to using your putter when you are more that 50 feet from the hole.

You can either be on the green or on the closely mown fringe.

(See also Lag Putting)

To quote Dave Pelz:

  • This is nothing more than holding your putter with your chipping grip.
  • Taking your normal chipping stance.
  • Positioning the ball a little forward of the center of your stance.
  • Making your normal chipping motion with dead hands.

In May 2005 in a Golf Magazine article entitled 'Use a Chipping Swing on Really Long Putts' Pelz added that chip putting requires you to:

  • Stand taller over the ball.
  • Hinge your wrists slightly on the backswing.
  • Add a little body rotation through impact.
  • A long follow-through.

Chipping like you Putt

Shot 2

The second interpretation of chip putting is chipping with your putting stroke from off the green. Here you are using a lofted club with your putting grip to carry over the fringe and then get the ball to roll like a putt.

Putting is not an option as the fringe is too heavy or uneven. The rule of thumb in club choice is to get the ball rolling on the green like a putt as soon as you can.

When using a lofted club, for example an 8 iron or hybrid, you should move the ball towards the back of your stance to encourage a slight angle of descent through impact. You can choke down on the grip if you need more control


A useful concept that Jim Flick learned from Paul Runyan is to set the club on its toe with the heel off the ground so that the shaft is more vertical similar to that of a putter. This will soften the strike and also help to prevent the club snagging in the grass.

Chip Putting

For both Shots 1 and 2 you should remember to:

  • Stand almost straight up as this will give you a better view of the hole.
  • Keep your feet close together with a slightly open stance.
  • Avoid any breakdown of your wrists in the forward swing.

Decision Time

Wherever your ball ends up, the choice between putter or lofted club is usually easy to make. Use your putter on the green (or a closely mown surface) and a lofted club when the fringe is too high to putt through.

However, remember the age-old advice. Never play a shot out on the course that you haven't practised beforehand.

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Image Source
1 = Golf Magazine May 2005 / Dave Pelz
2 = Golf Magazine October 2009 / Kellie Stenzel

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