Chipper golf clubs are a utility club that combine traits of both woods and irons. A chipper is similar to a putter, but instead of a flat 4-degree face it has a lofted wedge of around 37-degrees. This makes it easier to get the ball into the air and settles it nicely onto the green with a little roll, in short a bump and run, without giving it too much launch or power. This is why they’ve come to be known as rescue clubs and why high handicappers are particularly fond of them, because they make all the difference between inching closer to the hole and overshooting far too high or wide. If you’re a high handicapper, lacking confidence in your chips with your wedge, or find your bump and runs difficult to tame with your irons, then a chipper golf club might just be what you’re looking for. Find your new chipper club right here at Online Golf to transform your game and increase your confidence on the green, or browse our full golf clubs range.
Golf Chipper Frequently Asked Questions
Are chippers legal in golf?
Yes, chipper golf clubs are legal to use during most tournaments and competitions provided they’re not fitted with a putter grip or two-faced. The only club allowed to have two ball-striking faces is a putter, which may have two faces that are similar. A golf chipper is classified as an iron, since its loft is similar to a 7- or 8-iron, therefore it can only have one ball-facing side of the clubhead. Depending on who you play with, you may be able to use a double-sided chipper in a social game, but single-sided chippers are the only variation that are competition legal.
How do I use a chipper golf club?
Approach the ball the same way you would as if putting, but stand a little closer to the ball. Because the base of a chipper golf club is flat and the intention of this shot isn’t launch or power, your hands and grip will need to be positioned more upright than if you were going for a swooping approach shot. This flat base helps keep the shot tight and neat with an encouraging roll, rather than the pulling momentum of the heavier-headed alternatives like irons and wedges. The motion is also similar to that of putting - strike the ball by keeping your lower body and hips still and use a controlled rocking of your arms and shoulders for movement. Again, because our goal here isn’t to cover distance, we want to minimise the momentum of a twist-at-the-hips swing and instead inch the ball closer to the hole.