A very common question among the beginner or handicap player is if they should use a chipper or not? And, most of the time the obvious answer is yes! But, then comes the main question, how should I use a chipper? I am not getting used to it. If it is true for you, then the very first thing that you should know is what is a chipper, by the way? And, what's the benefit of using a chipper?
If all these questions are hovering around your brain, then stay tuned till the last. We are going to tell you everything that you should know about a chipper.
What is a chipper?
People, who are new in golf, most of the time, mismatch a chipper with a putter. But, for your better convenience, we would like to mention to you that a putter and a chipper is not the same. A chipper is not even the same as a wedge or an iron golf club. But, according to the rules of USGA, chippers can be considered as an iron club, and thus they need to conform with the rules of an iron club to be legal in the golf course. Now, let's find out the definition of a chipper according to the Wikipedia that says a chipper is, '' a club designed to feel like a putter but with a more lofted face, used with a putting motion to lift the ball out of the higher grass of the rough and fringe and drop it on the green, where it will then roll like a putt. This club replaces the use of a high-lofted iron to make the same shot and allows the player to make the shot from a stance and with a motion nearly identical to a putt, which is more difficult with a lofted iron due to a difference in lie angle.’’
That means the best way to utilize a chipper is when you are around the green, and you need to get the ball off to the putting surface to get into your intended target.
Now that you know what actually a chipper is, now, let's talk about if it is legal or not in the golf course?
Is a chipper legal in the golf course?
Yes! There is no doubt about the fact that a chipper is completely legal to use in any kind of tournament if you are not breaking the rules. You maybe are mismatching a chipper with a putter, but the real difference between a chipper and a putter is the loft variation. According to the USGA, ‘’a putter needs to have a loft angle below or equal 10 degrees’’, whereas a chipper usually has a loft variation of above 10 degrees. That is why they are considered as an iron club. According to the USGA, ’’chippers are iron clubs, not putters, and therefore must conform with the requirements for woods and irons. For example, chippers may not have a putter grip, two striking faces, or appendages for aiming purposes’’. That means if you are thinking about using a chipper, you can't be using a putter grip or a two face designed chipper. Otherwise, everything is completely fine.
Most of the golf club manufacturers including Callaway, Taylor Made, and Clevelandknow this fact. Thus, the chippers that they are launching in the market completely maintain the USGA rules so that you can remain completely calm about being tournament legal.
How to use a chipper
In most of the cases, it becomes a daunting task when it is about honing the skill of a chipper. Especially if you are a beginner or a handicap level player, then maybe you are procrastinating with a chipper. But don't worry! Once you become accustomed to a chipper, we can assure you that you are going to love playing with a chipper. Follow the steps down below to hone the skill of a putter.
The first approach that you can undertake when it is about chipping is following the standard putting setup. Following a putting setup, as a beginner or handicap level player will provide you enough freedom to hone the skill without forcing too much pressure on you. It is easy! You just need to be confident and bold enough until you find your rhythm. Once you are accustomed to it, we can bet you are going to use a chipper very frequently.
Another approach that you may take is the conventional chipping setup. To do so-
- you need to set your feet and hip slightly open to the target line,
- place the clubface and shoulder in square line
- Place the hands slightly ahead of the golf ball.
- And, finally, get the ball popping down towards the target.
Remember that the most important thing when it is about honing a new skill is keeping the motivation alive and keep going until you reach the threshold. Once you get the rhythm, it is going to be your possession. For the very first time, if you are trying a chipper, it may not feel like the easiest task at all. But, there is no doubt about the fact that the more you will try the better you are going to be accustomed to this chipper.
A chipper is a great way to boosting your performance when you are around the greenside area. At that particular moment, when you can’t use a putter nor even using a wedge or iron club seem appropriate, a chipper can be of great help. A chipper greatly helps you utilize the true potential and reach your intended target area with less effort but great efficiency. For the very first time, acquiring the skill of chipping may not feel like an easy task to accomplish, but you can remain sure that the more you will try the better you will be. Since the beginning of chipper has given vast opportunities to the players to consume less stroke to reach the expected target.