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Practice Your Chipping at Home.

Practice Your Chipping at Home.

Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  We conduct 1, 2 and 3-day golf schools, hourly golf lessons, and senior golf schools—any golf instruction program your heart desires. Give us a call at 800-624-4653 or 843-237-4993.  We will be happy to book a commuter school or a package that contains accommodations, golf, and golf school.

This month’s golf tip by Mel Sole.

Here to help you improve your chipping while you are in your offseason.  During this time, you can work on mechanics. Then, develop a reliable chipping action that will lower your handicap next summer!

Last month we covered practicing your putting at home. Another aspect of your short game that you can work on indoors is chipping. One of the big keys to chipping is “feel” If we can develop this during our downtime, we will perform well when Spring comes around. Wouldn’t that be nice?!

Practice Your Chipping at Home

Picture #1

The Method.

In picture #1, I have set up a spare piece of carpet (that way, the wives won’t come after me for a carpet repair bill !) Next, I place a small piece of paper (in this case, a business card) out about 10 feet away to mark my landing spot. I now do my practice swing looking at the card to get the “feel” of how hard I need to hit the ball.

Chipping at home.

Picture #2

Developing Feel.

In picture #2 I have chipped the ball while attempting to land the ball on the card. If you can do this consistently, come springtime, you will be able to land the ball where you want. And if you understand the Air time/Ground time ratios of your clubs (see article in November 97 on chipping), your chipping will definitely improve, and the resulting scores will be lower too. So make sure to get your bets in early this season because your handicap will come down pretty fast once you are chipping them dead!


  1. To get the execution of the chipping stroke perfected.
  2. To develop a feel to hit the ball in the air the required distance.

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

Thanks for reading – Practice Your Chipping at Home.  This will help your game in the Spring.

Related Posts.

Developing feel for the long putt.

Develop the Feel of the Pros.

Feel Drills – Short Game Saturday #55.

Should you have a practice swing before your shot on the course?

How to develop feel in your living room – Short Game Saturday #76.


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