Understanding The Downhill Chip Shot - 5 Helpful Hints

There are a number of shots that golfers tend to struggle with from time to time, but the downhill chip shot has to be the most common of them all. So many players still tend to have a difficult time with this particular shot, and it is because of the same reason that we have to pay attention to some of the most important ideas that can help you get a good shot out of this.

It might be true that you have been struggling with this shot for quite some time, but this is now a thing of the past. We will show you some simple tips that will in the long run make things a lot easier for you. Other than that, you will also be in a good position to enjoy your game better, now that you are looking at the prospect of a really good game ahead.

The following are some ideas that have been used by several players in the past to overcome their challenges with the downhill chip shot:

  • Setup
  • Choose the club properly
  • Weaker grip
  • Embrace the swing
  • Weight management


Other than the perfect stance, the way you setup for the shot will affect a lot. Ideally, you will need to approach this with a normal chip shot setup. Having done that, widen your stance just a bit to make sure that you have the perfect balance.

Choose the club properly

For this shot you need to get the club with the highest loft in your bag. With this in your hands, assume the normal address posture, raise your right heel slightly so that you do not remain hanging on your right side and vice versa if you are a left handed player.

Weaker grip

Do not hold the club too tightly. Hold the club and make sure it feels as though you have your right hand lying on top of your left hand. This is important to make sure that you do not interfere with the loft.

Embrace the swing

You are supposed to feel as though the club is moving up the hill, backwards and then coming through down the hill. You have to be a part of this motion.

Weight management

As you are making this shot, try and ensure that you have your weight primarily on the front leg. Anything other than this will result in a fat or thin chip shot.

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