How to Set Up to Hit a Chipper Putter

By M.L. Rose

A chipper putter, more commonly known as just a “chipper,” is a legal club, according to the standard Rules of Golf published by the U.S. Golf Association. The USGA defines a chipper as “an iron club designed primarily for use off the putting green.” The key difference between a chipper and a putter is the chipper’s loft of about 37 degrees. When the ball is struck by a chipper, its lofted club head will pop the ball into the air briefly, typically enough to send the ball past the fringe and onto the green. Once on the green, the ball rolls toward the hole like a normal putt.

Read the green as if you were putting, advises golf writer Steve Newell. Take into account the brief time that the ball will be in the air, then visualize your target accordingly.

Grasp the chipper with your normal putting grip. For a short chip you may wish to choke up on the club a bit. Golf instructor Mark Wood recommends gripping the club in the middle of your palms, rather than in your fingers, to prevent excessive wrist action.

Take your normal putting stance. Your weight should be evenly balanced and your eyes directly over the ball.

About the Author

M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. He has contributed to a variety of national and local publications, specializing in sports writing. Rose holds a B.A. in communications.

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