Developing a Plan with Chipping Practice

If you are ever going to be good at chipping you are going to need chipping practice. It is not just practicing that will help your game it is how you do it that will improve your scores!

Too many times golfers go out to the chipping green and literally hit ball after ball from one spot. The problem with this style of practice is that it is training your brain to accept second chances.

On the golf course you only have one chance and your golf chipping practice habits should reflect it. For example, instead of hitting ball after ball from one spot, switch up the area you're chipping from after each ball.

Here is a great way to approach this golf practice routine:

  • Hit a ball from 5 feet off the green to any pin
  • With the second ball you can either switch to a different pin or move to a different area and go to the same pin
  • Repeat these 2 steps by switching up areas and pins, and never stay in the same area and go to the same pin

This style of practicing will help you focus on each shot and improve your focus for the practice session. The only time you should stay in one spot and hit ball after ball would be only if you're working on your chipping technique. Be sure to treat each shot like you need to get it close so you can tap it in for the "championship."

By approaching chipping practice with this mindset you will start seeing results because your focus levels will be higher by practicing a variety of shots that you will face on the course.

Play a Game to Improve Your Chipping Practice

Some other great ways to practice chipping would be to play a game with friends or play a little 9 hole course.

An example of a game that you can play with friends is to have each of you hit a shot to a pin and whoever is the closest will receive a point. The winner is declared by having the most points. One of the keys to this game is to never hit the same shot in order to replicate what you will face on the course.

One of the great advantages from playing this game is that it sharpens your focus and provides competition. By competing with friends you will notice a sharper mental approach towards each shot which means the next chip shot you need to get up and down on the course will be a little easier.

Another fantastic way to practice your chipping is to play a little 9 hole course on the chipping green. The objective to this game would be to hit a shot from a random area around the green to a random pin. After each shot take your putter and putt the ball out until it is holed.

This game helps to simulate the situations you will face on the course. If you can aim for a score around par of 18 for those 9 holes then you should start seeing improvement in your short game once you reach that goal.

By practicing deliberately with a routine you will be surprised at how fast you improve your short game.

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Bo, I wanted to thank you for your help so far with my golf game. I wanted to let you know that I shot a 75 the other day in a tournament round, my best round ever. I had 32 total putts and NO 3 putts. I definitely couldn't have done that before. Thanks again and I'll be back in touch soon to get some more lessons lined up.


Bo I just wanted to tell you about another tournament I played in. I went out and played and shot a 75 which is one of my best rounds this year so I think everything is coming together. I've been making alot of birdies lately and just wanted to thank you for everything!

Adam Mikhalko

Hey Bo when I got back from camp I played really well I’m putting great and I’m hitting the ball well. Thank you for everything at camp.


Hey Bo!!! I have been playing my best in golf, mostly because of you!!! two days ago I shot an 80 in my club tourney and came in 3rd place.

Brandtley Taylor

I played in a tournament when I got back from camp and shot 76 and came in fourth. I feel much more confident on the course with my mental thoughts. I used the tips you wrote down on that sheet and they have helped me alot.

Freddy Weber