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Want to sound like somebody from the Jurassic Age?

Mention the Matzie "Velvet Touch" brass head chipper.

They were everywhere.

Those of us who had them had to give them up to make room for the new "LOB WEDGE."

 

 

 

 

 

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Take this for what it's worth!

 

(IMO, Anyone who shoots regularly in 80's or higher should be using a Chipper!)

 

I have a single digit hdcp at my home course, and I use a Chipper, it's probably the 3rd most used club in my bag, behind my putter and driver. 

 

I have been through it all with my golf game over the years, including the chip yips. I have tried all the techniques, usually with some success for a short amount of time. Using the bounce, Putting with irons, hybrids, etc, etc. I also have tried many Chippers over the years. Cleveland Niblick, putter styles, etc. 

 

I currently use the mallet putter style and love it. I have two, but both are mallet putter style. 

 

 

Honestly, I can still chip pretty decent/good without a Chipper. But, that being said, I am a great chipper using the Chipper. The crazy thing is I just went back to them two months ago, and my hdcp has dropped about 2 strokes. I believe the better golfer/chipper you are, the better you will be with a Chipper. Plus, if you are not a good chipper, you can become decent/good with a Chipper. 

 

I play all the time with good players (70's, 80's Shooters) who cost themselves strokes around the green because they refuse to use a Chipper to help them. Especially the guys who shoot in the 80's. They make doubles and triples all the time from just around the green. They chunk it, thin it across, etc. etc. They may hit a good shot say 50 percent of the time and great shot every now and then. But all it takes is 1 or 2 doubles and you are not shooting in the 70's. A Chipper takes that score out of the equation for me, and many times still leaves birdie as an option. I have made more chips with a Chipper than I ever have with a regular club. 

 

I admit, I usually hit lots of greens, 10+ or so a round, when I play golf. When I miss, it is usually not that far off the green, 10 to 20 yards at most, unless I just hit a terrible shot, or weather is a factor. But, when I miss a green, I know most times the worst score I going to get is a bogey. I might chip in for birdie, many times I get it inside 5 foot for a good par look, but almost always I get it into a position I can get down in two shots for bogey at worse. 

 

I took out my 60 degree wedge, and just open my 54 degree wedge for lobs, sand, etc. Lets face it, 80's plus players probably should not be hitting lob wedges anyway. Very low percentage shot for them. 

 

I am always preaching to the guys I play with about the advantages of a Chipper, and they will see it in person, yet they still won't buy in. Even testers on Youtube will test them and say how good they work, but then add that "they" would never use one. It's hilarious really. They pull it out for the first time and start hitting good shots with them without even practicing most times. Imagine what they could do with it after some practice. 

 

Another thing that amazes me is guys will spend $500 on a Driver, $250 on a Putter, if they think it will make them better, but they won't spend less that $50 on a Chipper to make them better. 

 

Like I said before, I prefer the mallet putter style Chippers over the Square Edge, or Cleveland style. I don't hit full shots with my Chipper. The longest shot I would hit would be a 50 yard bump and run with it, and I use it a lot for those type of bump and run shots on short par 4's  and long par 5's.  Especially in the wind. My main priority to to get the ball on the green, period. 

 

The two Chippers I use are the Pinemeadow Chipper and the Acer Chipper. I chose them after testing many. The Pinemeadow is a little heavier and has less drag than the Acer. It also has an offset hosel vs the regular hosel for the Acer. They both are under $50!

 

They are also great for trouble shots under trees, punch outs, and windy or bad weather conditions. Plus, if you have a family, full time job, and only play once in a while, you don't have to practice much to use one very well. Remember I don't want to make anything higher than a bogey. You can make 7 bogeys and still shoot in the 70's! 

 

I'll keep using my Chipper and taking the jabs from my buddies. It's always fun to Jab them back with a Chip in!

 

Once again, if you can't break 80, you are hurting yourself if you don't use a Chipper! (Just my my opinion)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, podunker said:

Take this for what it's worth!

 

(IMO, Anyone who shoots regularly in 80's or higher should be using a Chipper!)

 

I have a single digit hdcp at my home course, and I use a Chipper, it's probably the 3rd most used club in my bag, behind my putter and driver. 

 

I have been through it all with my golf game over the years, including the chip yips. I have tried all the techniques, usually with some success for a short amount of time. Using the bounce, Putting with irons, hybrids, etc, etc. I also have tried many Chippers over the years. Cleveland Niblick, putter styles, etc. 

 

I currently use the mallet putter style and love it. I have two, but both are mallet putter style. 

 

 

Honestly, I can still chip pretty decent/good without a Chipper. But, that being said, I am a great chipper using the Chipper. The crazy thing is I just went back to them two months ago, and my hdcp has dropped about 2 strokes. I believe the better golfer/chipper you are, the better you will be with a Chipper. Plus, if you are not a good chipper, you can become decent/good with a Chipper. 

 

I play all the time with good players (70's, 80's Shooters) who cost themselves strokes around the green because they refuse to use a Chipper to help them. Especially the guys who shoot in the 80's. They make doubles and triples all the time from just around the green. They chunk it, thin it across, etc. etc. They may hit a good shot say 50 percent of the time and great shot every now and then. But all it takes is 1 or 2 doubles and you are not shooting in the 70's. A Chipper takes that score out of the equation for me, and many times still leaves birdie as an option. I have made more chips with a Chipper than I ever have with a regular club. 

 

I admit, I usually hit lots of greens, 10+ or so a round, when I play golf. When I miss, it is usually not that far off the green, 10 to 20 yards at most, unless I just hit a terrible shot, or weather is a factor. But, when I miss a green, I know most times the worst score I going to get is a bogey. I might chip in for birdie, many times I get it inside 5 foot for a good par look, but almost always I get it into a position I can get down in two shots for bogey at worse. 

 

I took out my 60 degree wedge, and just open my 54 degree wedge for lobs, sand, etc. Lets face it, 80's plus players probably should not be hitting lob wedges anyway. Very low percentage shot for them. 

 

I am always preaching to the guys I play with about the advantages of a Chipper, and they will see it in person, yet they still won't buy in. Even testers on Youtube will test them and say how good they work, but then add that "they" would never use one. It's hilarious really. They pull it out for the first time and start hitting good shots with them without even practicing most times. Imagine what they could do with it after some practice. 

 

Another thing that amazes me is guys will spend $500 on a Driver, $250 on a Putter, if they think it will make them better, but they won't spend less that $50 on a Chipper to make them better. 

 

Like I said before, I prefer the mallet putter style Chippers over the Square Edge, or Cleveland style. I don't hit full shots with my Chipper. The longest shot I would hit would be a 50 yard bump and run with it, and I use it a lot for those type of bump and run shots on short par 4's  and long par 5's.  Especially in the wind. My main priority to to get the ball on the green, period. 

 

The two Chippers I use are the Pinemeadow Chipper and the Acer Chipper. I chose them after testing many. The Pinemeadow is a little heavier and has less drag than the Acer. It also has an offset hosel vs the regular hosel for the Acer. They both are under $50!

 

They are also great for trouble shots under trees, punch outs, and windy or bad weather conditions. Plus, if you have a family, full time job, and only play once in a while, you don't have to practice much to use one very well. Remember I don't want to make anything higher than a bogey. You can make 7 bogeys and still shoot in the 70's! 

 

I'll keep using my Chipper and taking the jabs from my buddies. It's always fun to Jab them back with a Chip in!

 

Once again, if you can't break 80, you are hurting yourself if you don't use a Chipper! (Just my my opinion)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great points.  I just ordered myself a Cleveland Smart Sole 4 chipper yesterday and can't wait to get it in.  I'm a 16 HDCP but after reviewing my stats, I'm losing 5-7 strokes a game on my shoots 60 yds and in.


I'm looking forward to gaining confidence in my chipping.

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Personally, never really worked for me.  I just ground it out, took some lessons and became better (really more experienced) around the greens with wedges and a 7i.  A lot of personal preference, but if it works for you - go!   I saw Ping came out with something similar.  

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I have 2 golden oldies.  Favorite is a 1950s or 60s Don Martin Up-n-In, bronze no grooves.  Also have a Stan Thompson stainless Closup with big grooves.  The problem with using a 6 iron or 7 iron, is the length of the shaft and the lie angle.  What club to drop?  How many clubs longer than a 5 iron do you actually use at least 3 or 4 times per round?  The chipper might be used on half your holes. 

Driver  Callaway Epic on Recoil F2 (senior) flex

Three wood is TM Burner Superfast 3.0 on M (mature) flex

3H Old Adams A3OS red boxster on stock Graffaloy Platinum reg shaft

3 MP 18 MMC and 4 GFF hybrid Mizuno irons

5 Mizu hybrid Fli-hi

6 - W Ping I 500 irons on Recoil F3 reg flex shafts

Wedges:  Mizuno blue 52 09, 60 06, and old original Hogan Sure-out 56 14 sand

Chipper (yep I carry a chipper) old Don Martin Up n In bronze 

Putter Musty wood mallet, sometimes switch with my Scotty Cameron Futura X counter weight face balanced

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The main thing with chipping, regardless if it's with a wedge/7I or even a putter is maintaining your concentration on the shot. As I/we get older, the tendency to screw the shot up, because of a loss of focus seems to be the major fault, at least for me and what I've observed from my playing companions. Now that being said, using a chipper could offer some leeway for errors, but even that will not produce desired results, if you loose your concentration.   

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Anyone CAN learn to chip with a lower lofted club, true but,,,,,,,

 

The new Ping ChipR is a putter with a 9iron’ish head thereby giving the opportunity to chip with the best success stance and action of a putter. At 6’ 3” and +1 irons my chipping stance is still no where near my putting stance due to club lie angle and length and makes chipping contact much more imperfect than a mishit with my putter.

Overall success of a better strike, and result is increased with the putter over a iron. Ah ha,,,, the chipper!

The oldest gentleman in our group uses a chipper, something from years gone by, and it pisses me off. Not because he uses it but because he’s darn good with it! He struggles some from high ruff with a wedge but everywhere else that chipper usually puts him in one putt, or pick up range.

 I can use a wedge, 6, 7 or 8 from anywhere around the green pretty well and usually get up and down but I have no ego and ordered the new Ping ChipR. Anything to help drop 2, 3 or more strokes a round is the difference between shooting mid 80’s into the high 70’s.

We’ll see how it works out. Or not.

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It has arrived,

My ChipR arrived today and right to the practice green. Let me say I rarely putt from off the green, typically a 6 iron from the fringe then 8 and 7, distances depending. I neverI felt this club was mandatory but just wanted a more consistent “go to” club for chipping, eliminating indecisiveness between club selection.


First impression, the head is heavy but didn’t produce the roll out I assumed for the head weight. I usually put a good amount of spin on short shots and the ChipR will spin accordingly to strike. Got the Alta CB shaft at +1” with +1/32 grip and it aligns just as my putter does with a nice quality feel and look. Probably will put on a CP2 Midsize grip as with my other clubs just for feel consistency.


Could only spend 20 minutes chipping and it will take some practice to get the stroke grooved for desired speed. The club is “aim-and-shoot” accurate! On 45ish foot chips I came up short but within the 3/5 foot range, once again speed/spin control. Longer chips were typically short but fear of “going way long” was the issue. Shorter 12/18 foot chips were pick-ups, just inches from the hole. Didn’t chip one in but did have a few edge burners. For me that’s turning a maybe par into a “pick it up, nice par”.

 

It is awesome from heavy, buried crabgrass lie’s and pops the ball right out just the same as from a smooth froghair lie without extra effort. Once I figure out what the loft will give me it’ll become a proficient, consistent and confident addition. Bottom line, it’s a keeper until it proves not to be!

 

Should probably spend a bit more practice time with it but it’s In the bag for tomorrow’s round! Success under fire. 😉 

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PING G425 4-UW/SW Black Dot +1” Alta CB RFlex / ChipR

PING G410 Plus DRIVER 10.5* / 3W 14*/ 5W 17.5* / 3hyb. 19* / 9W 22*

PING Putter Custom PLD Anser / 1968 Anser / Odyssey TriHot #3

VICE Pro Soft Lime Green / Bridgestone RX - TreoSoft

 

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Absolutely love mine. Had it only a few days but during each of the two rounds I've used it and am quite confident it has "saved" me each time. 

 

I'm not hugely confident with those short chips from 2 to 5yds off the green, especially now the weather is turning wet...and that 1st cut can get sticky. 

It's not only eliminating scuffed or thinned chips...it gets me right up to "gimme" range so is also eliminating putts. 

Extra weight in the bag? I have an electric trolley so no issue.

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On 4/27/2020 at 5:22 PM, viking said:

Anybody try one or see one in use on a course?

Anyone see them as new in a retail store?

Seems like it would be the top chipper. It was for a couple of years when i did a YouTube search of top chippers. I think this wold be even better than my chipper with the marksman markings and its wider design.

I saw one today at the PGA Tour Superstore.  Is Odyssey making these again?

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