Keeping your fundamentals simple and doing a little practice is the easiest way to achieve success on how to chip the golf ball.
There are four things to consider to make chipping the golf ball a lot easier.
With a little practice of course.
Stance and Ball Position
The first is to use a narrow stance and align your feet slightly open to the target. This basically means to align your feet slightly left of the target (right of the target for all the lefties).
For the chip shot, you also want to have your ball position slightly back in the stance.
Your stance does not need to be very wide, and the narrower the better because you will not be transferring weight for this very short golf shot.
The next two tips have helped many with chipping over the years, and have given golfers confidence to make pars when they are not hitting the ball well.
Place a golf club on the line of your feet along the ground. From here you simply want to swing the club on the line of your feet, which will be slightly left of the target. This will promote a slight outside to inside swing path which is ideal for chipping.
Slightly hinge the wrists on the backswing, and maintain that hinge through to the ball and into the followthrough. Let the loft of your golf wedge get the ball into the air.
This is an area in which a lot of golfers that struggle with chipping get completely wrong. You want minimal lower body movement during the chipping action.
Because you are making a short controlled swing at the ball, there is no need to move the hips or make a turn which a lot of weekend golfers don’t really even know they do due to habit.
To achieve this practice with a club laying on your right hip (left hip for lefties). With the clubhead on the ground and the handle laying against your hip, simply try and chip without the club falling to the ground. If you can achieve this it shows that you can achieve consistency in the area of chipping, and your weight and lower body are not moving all over the place.
It is ok for the club to fall once the ball is gone and the followthrough is complete. It is mainly to give you a backswing with minimal lower body movement.
Your Grip will stay the same as your normal grip, but I would suggest for a little more control to choke down on the grip a little bit.
What I mean by this is to place the top hand on the grip and leave a space of at least an inch to the butt end.
This will give you more control and you will see a lot of very good professionals do this. A shorter lever is needed because you are not making a full swing.
Last but not least you need to practice. Practicing getting in the correct setup position using the above fundamentals can be practiced at home so it doesn’t require too much effort.
To get good at judging distance and getting a feel for the greens you need to spend a little time at the practice chipping green at your local golf course. This can be as little as one hour per week.
Practice does not make perfect but it will help permanently ingrain good habits into your golf game.
Developing some of these basic habits will make chipping a lot easier when you are out playing golf with your buddies, and also make it easy to take their money if you like a wager.
Some of the best golfers in the world have many days where they do not strike the ball well and are consistently missing greens with their approach shots. They do however have the confidence to get the ball up and down from the rough because they have developed good chipping habits through sound technique and hours of practice.
Here is a quick video on chipping practice from teaching professional Mike Malaska. Take note of how his lower body is very stable throughout the shot.