Chipping - The 7 Iron Shot
Sometimes referred to as a 'bump and
run", this is by far the best way to get the ball
close to the hole for the majority of amateur golfers!
The 7 iron chip shot is so effective due
to its sheer simplicity. By making the shot simple we
can drastically lower the margin of error as compared
to the classic ship shot.
When the ball is in a position just off
the green surface take your seven iron out of the bag
and follow these simple instructions.
- Get into a setup position exactly the same as you
would during a full swing shot.
- Choke down about two or three inches on the club.
- Move slightly closer to the ball to accommodate
- Make a stoke similar to a putting stroke only slightly
When first bringing this shot into your repertoire
it is a good idea to spend a while practicing it first.
The main reason this shot needs practice is to get the
feel of the shot and to familiarize one self with the
distance control needed with different sized swings.
Because the seven iron has much more loft than the
putter it will be necessary to make a putting stroke
which is slightly larger than one used with a putter,
for a putt of the same length. This is a result of some
of the energy of the stroke being used to hit the ball
up (due to the loft of the club) rather than
in causing 100% of the energy directed to forward movement
as is the case with a putt on the greens surface.
Please keep in mind that this shot can only be used
when a situation arises in which the carry distance
of the shot (or the distance it needs to travel in the
air) is short enough to land the ball on the green (or
the fringe) and still allow for the ball to come to
a stop near the hole. Remember the ball will roll according
to the undulations of the green.