What Is Chipping?

If you want to buy a wedge for chipping, you should first know what exactly is chipping. For those of you who don’t know, the chip is a very common type of shot associated with the short game. Essentially a chip is any shot from a wedge that rolls farther than it flies. Chips are handy when the ball lands just outside the green, and you want to hit the ball as close to the hole as possible. 

Best Loft For Chipping

There is no fixed agreed-upon wedge loft for wedging. Golfers have varying playing styles, so they use different lofted wedges to achieve the same results. However, the majority of the golfers use golf wedges with 52 to 56-degree lofts for chipping. Some golfers use lower lofts of 50 degrees, while some prefer higher lofted clubs of up to 60 degrees. If you’re unsure which club loft to choose, a 52 or 56-degree option would be a safe choice.

Chipping vs. Pitching

Many golfers often get mixed up between these two terms. Pitching is also a short game shot and is similar to chipping with one big difference. But the key difference between the two is that, in pitching, the ball flies farther than it rolls. 

There are certain situations when one of these is a better option. An experienced golfer know judges the ball’s position and decides whether to pitch or to chip. 

Bounce And Grind

These two terms tend to confuse several golfers as they are associated only with wedges. Firstly, bounce is the angle between the ground and the leading edge of the club, causing it to “bounce” off the ground at impact, instead of digging in. As a general rule of thumb, a lower angle is preferred on soft surfaces like bunker sand and vice versa.

On the other hand, grind simply means the shape, depth, and design of the sole, how much material it removes, and how it interacts with the turf. Grind also determines the ball flight and trajectory.

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