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post #199 of 221
post #200 of 221

Ive used chippers in the past and theyre great if you struggle with your chipping.  They have the loft of a 7-iron but with a much wider sole and the shaft length of a putter, so you can just use a putting stroke.  It really does make chipping much easier, especially if you struggle with that kind of a shot.

Really, the only downside to a chipper is do you really want to have a club taking up a slot that is pretty much a 1 trick pony when you can only have 14 clubs?  A chipper is a crutch but if you really suck at chipping, its something to consider.

post #201 of 221
Screw the chipper, get a niblick - a true multi-purpose club whether 2 inches off the green or in knee deep rough.
post #202 of 221
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Originally Posted by GaijinGolfer View Post
 

Ive used chippers in the past and theyre great if you struggle with your chipping.  They have the loft of a 7-iron but with a much wider sole and the shaft length of a putter, so you can just use a putting stroke.  It really does make chipping much easier, especially if you struggle with that kind of a shot.

Really, the only downside to a chipper is do you really want to have a club taking up a slot that is pretty much a 1 trick pony when you can only have 14 clubs?  A chipper is a crutch but if you really suck at chipping, its something to consider.

 

I disagree.  A chipper is no more a crutch than a driver is.  In fact, it's more utilitarian, being able to be used from about 50 yards on in, given the circumstances.  I've known single digit hcps to use them with devastating effect.

 

I don't guarantee that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow, but I'll virtually guarantee that anyone with a handicap over 12 or 13 will knock strokes off their game if they put one in the bag and genuinely gave it a chance.  Bogey golfers especially will benefit.  They're good enough to have a pretty decent feel for the swing and distance control.....they tend to struggle with consistency.  A chipper will help immediately.

post #203 of 221
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post

 

I don't guarantee that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow, but I'll virtually guarantee that anyone with a handicap over 12 or 13 will knock strokes off their game if they put one in the bag and genuinely gave it a chance.  Bogey golfers especially will benefit.  They're good enough to have a pretty decent feel for the swing and distance control.....they tend to struggle with consistency.  A chipper will help immediately.

I agree.  The chipper is a comfortable length and helps to eliminate the skulled or chili-dipped shots.

 

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Originally Posted by rkim291968 View Post

More power to you and your wife.  My wife's chipper gave her another reason not to practice :-).   

The only reason I don't have my own chipper is that I already have a good short game. 

I used a chipper in the early 80's, but then switched it out for a lob wedge when they became popular. My short game also improved when I went to the Greg Norman tips on chipping...

 

http://www.shark.com/sharkwatch/instruction/lesson36.php

 

http://www.shark.com/sharkwatch/instruction/tip38.php

post #204 of 221
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Originally Posted by meenman View Post

Screw the chipper, get a niblick - a true multi-purpose club whether 2 inches off the green or in knee deep rough.

Its just too bad the Niblick is so overpriced and really doesnt do anything that a $20 chipper doesnt do.  Cleveland simply markets it as a jack of all trades, so people think its more than just a chipper.

post #205 of 221
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post
 

 

I disagree.  A chipper is no more a crutch than a driver is.  In fact, it's more utilitarian, being able to be used from about 50 yards on in, given the circumstances.  I've known single digit hcps to use them with devastating effect.

 

I don't guarantee that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow, but I'll virtually guarantee that anyone with a handicap over 12 or 13 will knock strokes off their game if they put one in the bag and genuinely gave it a chance.  Bogey golfers especially will benefit.  They're good enough to have a pretty decent feel for the swing and distance control.....they tend to struggle with consistency.  A chipper will help immediately.

True but theres nothing that a chipper does which you cant do with a wedges or short iron with a little practice.  My comment of it being a crutch was because its a club that you can use with little to no practice.

post #206 of 221
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Originally Posted by GaijinGolfer View Post
 
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Originally Posted by meenman View Post

Screw the chipper, get a niblick - a true multi-purpose club whether 2 inches off the green or in knee deep rough.

Its just too bad the Niblick is so overpriced and really doesnt do anything that a $20 chipper doesnt do.  Cleveland simply markets it as a jack of all trades, so people think its more than just a chipper.

I was under the impression that regular chippers weren't made to absorb the impact of a full swing whereas a niblick can be swung just like a wedge when the situation warrants. 

post #207 of 221
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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post

I was under the impression that regular chippers weren't made to absorb the impact of a full swing whereas a niblick can be swung just like a wedge when the situation warrants. 

Right again my american junior friend. My niblick is used mostly for full swings out of deep rough on the days I can not find the fairway. It is also my short putter when I am just off of the green. 4 chip ins with my 37 degree during my last 3 rounds makes it all worth it.

I also have the 56 degree but that is my *soft sand* sandwedge.
post #208 of 221

American junior?

post #209 of 221
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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post

American junior?

That is our term for canadiens
post #210 of 221
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Originally Posted by meenman View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post

American junior?

That is our term for canadiens

I've heard worse. 

post #211 of 221
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Originally Posted by GaijinGolfer View Post
 

True but theres nothing that a chipper does which you cant do with a wedges or short iron with a little practice.  My comment of it being a crutch was because its a club that you can use with little to no practice.

 

"Crutch" had a negative tone when I read your post.   It's not a band-aid if that is what you are referring to, no more than hybrid club is to some (or long putter for that matter).   But I understand your point.   I have a good wedge game so I don't need a chipper that will replace another club in my bag.   

post #212 of 221
I had never heard of them until a few weeks back. I was paired up with an older gentleman and at one point during the round I was heading back to the cart to grab my putter and offered to bring him his. I handed it to him, he chuckled, and informed me that that was his chipper. It was ancient and rust covered (honestly, I didn't think they actually still made them until I read this post) but he was scary accurate with it around the greens. I figure if it works for you and you've got room for it in your bag, use it to your hearts content. Heck, they probably should have handed out a couple to those Big Break NFL-ers last night (but I digress).
post #213 of 221

anyone else using a chipper?

I just purchased one, a 37 degree chipper golf club.  I have never used one before but I bought it thinking that it would allow for more consistent shots from around the green, especially in the winter and the rough around the greens having some holes here and there.  Previously I would use a wedge and while my short game is getting better, consistency lacks quite a bit on these shots which is why I purchased the chipper. 

 

I plan on working more on my short game next year so I'm planning on this being a short time solution until I can consistently hit these shots.  I assume that this is a legal club as I have seen other people use them and have not heard anything about them being illegal in general (as long as the meet the standards in the rules of golf).  Anyone use one of these and if so did you like it?  Did it help at all? 

post #214 of 221

I know that @David in FL is a big proponent of the chipper… maybe he has some input on how to use it best.

post #215 of 221
post #216 of 221

Inching closer to taking @David in FL,s advice and picking up a chipper for the coming season. I really like @mvmac's chipping with a putting set-up method too but I figure if I can save that practice time for full swing work I'll be better off this season. The Snake-Eyes chipper is only $40 so it's a worthwhile experiment for a season, I'll take the 60* out for a while and see how it goes.

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