Stan Does Chipping

September 24, 2009 Stan Utley 4375 22 Comments

Here’s an older video post of me talking about my chipping techniques. I find it amazing that these slightly older videos still get a lot of play on YouTube and other sites!

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Jim Burnes October 5, 2009

I bought Stan’s new book and have been working on his techniques. Really excited about the possibility of seeing video demonstrations of the techniques. I am assuming the putting techniques are Ok for someone like me who has been fighting the yips for many years. Looks like you are being cutting edge on this interactive video feature. Great job!

Jim Burnes

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    Stan Utley October 5, 2009

    Thanks for the nice comments, Jim. Appreciate it.

    Stan

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Ty Zimmerman October 13, 2009

I have been a tournament player for years now and have not seen great success until this year. After talking with Stan’s brother John I decided to go buy Stan’s putting book and short game book. After reading both of these books I have had one of my best years ever. Thanks for writing a book that was so easy to learn and read. Keep up the great work!!!

Ty Zimmerman
PGA Apprentice

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    Stan Utley October 16, 2009

    Ty,

    John provides sage advice as always 🙂 I do appreciate the kind words very much. It is always great to know that my books help any golfer focus their efforts and concentrate on key elements of the game. Thanks very much for your kind words of support.

    Stan

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Bernie October 28, 2009

Stan,

I have read your (2) books several times over . . . tremendous. However, I seem to still have trouble with very short chips, say 20-25 feet, where I am carrying the ball half the distance. Lastly, I am determined to visit Grayhawk this winter for a lesson. Do you yourself conduct the lesson(s)?

God Bless,

Bernie Evers

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    Stan Utley October 28, 2009

    Bernie,

    Sorry to hear you continue to have some trouble in the shorter 20-25 foot range. If you have a moment, please drop a note to John Utley (john@stanutley.com) and he’ll provide you with some information about my lesson scheduling. And, yes, I personally teach all my students.

    Thanks for reading two of my books…I have a third now out (The Art of Scoring). Appreciate the visit to the web site.

    Stan

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Hyun November 28, 2009

Dear Stan,

I have read all three books of yours, and am very thankful for your great works!
Those helped me a lot in improving my short games in accordance
with my long games. The conceptual unity of short game with long
game really seems to be working.

The only things I miss about the books is Video, so that I can understand your instructions more vividly in real time.

I have searched youtube, and have found a few on putting and chipping.
Do you have any vidoe on pitching? Even though I think
I understand your methods, but still a bit confused in implementation, and yoour video illustration would be of great help!

And eventually, I think you shoud publish a few DVDs which I
expect to be in great demand.

Thanks for your kindness in advance!

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    Stan Utley November 29, 2009

    Gaugeman1,

    Thanks for your note…and, I appreciate you buying and reading my three books. TeamUtley has been working on the idea of using more video instruction so I can reach a lot more golfers who want improvements in their short games. We’ve been working with a company called MyContent.com in developing an entire curriculum of short game videos that can be downloaded and reviewed on your computer. They also tell me that eventually, you’ll be able to download these videos on portable devices such as iPods.

    We have put 4 videos up on the site as part of our initial efforts. I’ve covered putting, pitching, wedge play and bunker shots. You can reach the downloadable video on “pitching” here: http://www.mycontent.com/stanutleygolf#product=3158

    I hope you’ll find this short video of benefit…we’ll have more posted in the near future.

    Stan

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Mark M December 2, 2009

Love your books and that youtube chipping tip, especially the free-throw analogy and the visible knee and pivot action. Your chipping action looks pretty good even when you’re deliberately shooting bricks. 🙂

Second Hyun’s comment re: more video please. I bought the Chipping video at mycontent.com. Good stuff. A little pricey perhaps, for example, compared to your book, but still a good deal imo compared to any lesson I’ve ever had. It is obviously not cheap to produce high quality teaching materials. Hope that venture works out for you.

By the way, I don’t know if others are doing this but I’m having a blast practicing chipping and pitching indoors using those orange Callaway HX Practice balls. I hit ’em off the carpet and aim for a spot on the wall. When I’m in the groove and keeping my weight on my left side, they come right back down the line.

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Rex December 9, 2009

In your book, the Art of the Short Game, the color photo section between 46-47. Are these the different sequences of a Chip vs a Pitch. All it says it “compare this with my chip”. Just want to clarify it.

Love the info!

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    Stan Utley December 10, 2009

    Rex,

    You are correct. The action is very similar in both sequences. In the second sequence, a “Pitch” shot, the swing arc of the club head is higher, and the release point is slightly earlier, which allows for the club’s “bounce” to come into play. This allows the height of the shot to be greater than you’d get on a chip.

    Most if the subtle differences happen in the wrist action, which is difficult to see in the still photos in the book photo sequences.

    Best,

    Stan

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Kelly December 28, 2009

Stan,

I’m having a little trouble with the shorter chips. I find myself stubbing or hitting a little behind the ball, especially on tight lies. The club seems to be slightly digging into the grass instead of bouncing off it (am I thinking correctly?). I tried opening up the clubface, and that sometimes works and gets the ball a little more loft, but the club looks real open to me.

Kelly

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Darryl January 12, 2010

Hey Stan,

Love the books and videos. Hopefully I’ll make a visit to Phoenix this year.

I’ve got a question similar to the last post, Kelly. I’m down here in Texas, where it’s been cold and a little wet. The grass is real short and tight this time of the year. and it seems like on all my short chips, I take a mini-divot, sometimes a little fat. I’ve got a new Ping Tour-W 56 degree with 10 degrees of bounce. ANy suggestions?

Darryl

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Dana Horton January 18, 2010

I have to pile on with the other comments. I have purchased the books, but I would like more video to show the differences between chipping and pitching.

The Mycontent site does seem a bit pricey — $25 for a 4 or 5 minute video. I’d pay that for the 4 together. Just my nickels. Great stuff you are teaching!!

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George Walker January 25, 2010

Dear Stan, I was shocked to hear that you said you use a 60 degree wedge to play a chip and run on the golf channel!!!! I have read your book over 100 times and you never mention you use that club? You said you use a 58 degree wedge. When did you start using a 60 degree wedge. I based my wedge set on excactly what you said you use in your book, even to the poing of grinding down some of the bounce on my 58 degree wedge. Please correct me if i am mistaken. I am a PGA Professional and have been working on you method for 3 months. I now feel that i have a world class chipping and pitching game which blends nicely with my One Plane Swing.
I am having great sucsess in applaying it to my students and have see amazing results. I have never had so much fun chipping and pitching a golf ball, thanks.

George Walker,

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Brent May 4, 2010

Stan,

I wouldn’t be surprised by the number of looks this gets on YouTube. You don’t have enough of it out there, so people are starving for it. Your books are great, but people learn different ways. I hate to say it, but I have probably read your books more than the Bible lately. For me, it didn’t start coming together until I saw this particular video. I was just “off” on a couple of things and this put it together for me. I still struggle mightily with the bunker approach. I don’t want to tell you how to run your business, but I think that putting a Casio Exilim High Speed video (both DL and FO) of a pitch, chip, bunker, and flop shot on your website would go miles to help people put the pieces together for your readers. I hope you will consider.

Brent

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Rob from Michigan June 22, 2010

Stan,
I’ve read secrets of the short game 5 times. My sand game is 150% better, as well as my pitching. However I guess I’m just a “lifelong Chipping Yipper”, destined to a life of Jabbing at the ball. I just watched the video above and I was surprised to see how your “grip end” moved quite a bit more than whats shown in the book. Tomorrow I’m going out to hit a hundred chips with full focus on body rotation and smoothness that you have in the video. Will see what happens. Thanks for the great book!
Rob Russell

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    Stan Utley July 25, 2010

    Rob,

    I like to tell my students…professional and amateur alike…hit the ball with the end of the club (the ‘head’), not with the other end (the ‘grip’). If you are practicing that in your warm-up routines, I think you’ll hit the ball more squarely and score better.

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Best,

    Stan

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Rob from Michigan June 22, 2010

Stan,
I’ve read secrets of the short game 5 times. My sand game is 150% better, as well as my pitching. However I guess I’m just a “lifelong Chipping Yipper”, destined to a life of Jabbing at the ball. I just watched the video above and I was surprised to see how your “grip end” moved quite a bit more than whats shown in the book. Tomorrow I’m going out to hit a hundred chips with full focus on body rotation and smoothness that you have in the video. Will see what happens. Thanks for the great book!
Rob Russell

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    Stan Utley July 25, 2010

    Rob,

    I like to tell my students…professional and amateur alike…hit the ball with the end of the club (the ‘head’), not with the other end (the ‘grip’). If you are practicing that in your warm-up routines, I think you’ll hit the ball more squarely and score better.

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Best,

    Stan

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Rob from Michigan May 5, 2011

Stan,
Well, I’ve been chipping all winter into my basement net using your thoughts. I found that I had the ball a little too close to me causing me to get too “bunched up”, took the club too straight back rather than back on the proper plane by using that right elbow fold, and increasing the body motion that you show in this video. I’m now hitting solid chips, with ultra reliable trajectory. After getting those moves down with a hundreds of short chips, and now that the courses are open, I’m taking it to the course with a new attitude and a lot of confidence.
Thanks a lot !
Rob

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Rob from Michigan May 5, 2011

Stan,
Well, I’ve been chipping all winter into my basement net using your thoughts. I found that I had the ball a little too close to me causing me to get too “bunched up”, took the club too straight back rather than back on the proper plane by using that right elbow fold, and increasing the body motion that you show in this video. I’m now hitting solid chips, with ultra reliable trajectory. After getting those moves down with a hundreds of short chips, and now that the courses are open, I’m taking it to the course with a new attitude and a lot of confidence.
Thanks a lot !
Rob

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