[Camera cuts to you staring down at your ball in the rough right off the edge of the green]
Do you know what club you are going to use?!
Are you thinking of just choosing the easiest club to chip with so you don’t embarrass yourself in front of millions of people?
If so, then WHAT’S THE EASIEST CLUB TO CHIP WITH?!
What is the easiest club to chip with?
The 56-degree wedge is the easiest club to chip with over any other club. It has the versatility to hit higher flop shots while also still being able to hit lower chip shots too.
What is the easiest wedge to chip with?
The 56-degree wedge(a.k.a. “sand wedge“) is easiest for most golfers, but higher handicappers tend to prefer a less lofted club like a pitching wedge to reduce the likelihood of hitting it fat.
There are several factors in play when deciding which club to chip with, and we will go over those in a minute.
But first, if you’re new to golf, you may be wondering, “What is chipping?“
What is chipping?
“Chipping” the golf ball typically refers to a specific type of golf shot executed around the green where the flag is located.
In most cases, it’s hard to putt the ball onto the green because the grass is always taller and thicker and, more often than not, requires going up a slope.
Ok, so earlier, I mentioned that the 56-degree may not be the best option for 100% of golfers.
Some golfers don’t have that wedge, or if they do, they may not like hitting it because things tend to go poorly when doing so.
Should you chip with a 60-degree wedge?
Chipping with a 60-degree wedge requires a little bit more touch and feel compared to the 56-degree.
While the increased loft of the 60-degree, a.k.a. “lob wedge,” makes it easier to hit the ball up higher, it’s much easier for high handicappers to hit the ball “fat” because they tend to want to use more wrist to help the ball in the air.
I would say, if you are a lower handicap golfer and you have the ability to be a little more creative around the greens, then I would recommend using a 60-degree wedge.
I use a low bounce 60-degree a ton so I can hit higher “flop shots,” but also I’m able to shut the face down(de loft) and hit a lower bump and run shot as well.
Should I chip with a 52-degree wedge?
If that’s all you have? Sure!
Many sets of golf clubs come equipped with a “gap wedge,” and a lot of golfers resort to only using the 52-degree as their only wedge.
The gap wedge is definitely easier to hit lower pitch shots compared to the 56 and 60 degree wedges.
What club can you chip with?
I mean, technically, you can chip with any club in your bag.
Usually, the highest lofted club you would want to chip with for a lower shot that needs to roll out is an 8-iron.
Huge caveat to this is that if you are playing fast greens, I would recommend using a gap wedge (52-degree) or pitching wedge at most.
No more wedge talk, let’s go play
Ok, so now we are fully equipped with all the knowledge one needs to dominate the chipping game and impress their buddies with the occasional hole-out.
If you don’t have a 56-degree wedge and don’t feel like ponying up $120 for a new club, then just work on using whatever club has the highest loft in your bag.
If you want to get serious about becoming a better golfer, upping your wedge game needs to be a top priority.
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