Stacy Lewis: Chipping with Spin

Stacy Lewis demonstrates how to chip with spin.


We're talking about-- we just missed the green here, and we've got options. How do you decide-- and what action do you use-- when you do your little around-the-green chip? We've got one ball here. We've got another ball I put down there near the water, which you'll have to go up. What-- how did you choose your shot? What are you trying to do here?

Well, I think one of the hardest things about chipping is, for me, is picking the right shot because there are so many options. I mean, you could hit probably four or five clubs from here. But I prefer chipping with spin. Where you carry it. It's got a little check, and then it rolls out.

It rolls out.

Some people like the bump and run pitching wedge, where it's just running the whole way. But I just feel like I can control that shot better. So for here, I'm going to use my 55.

55, and that's just because of what you see, what you feel?

It's just the way I've always chipped. I've always chipped with more spin, and it's the shots I see.

So is it true then if you are chipping with like a 55 from the edge, you'd have to have more lean on your hands a little bit to keep the spin.

A little bit, but I-- a thing I always say is if you put your hands forward, the face as to open a little bit.


So for that bounce to-- even on these shots-- for that bounce to work properly. So where you put it in your stance, I think, kind determines more how it's going to come out. So if you're trying to hit high, it's going to be pretty much forward. You're going to get it up in the air a little quicker. With this one here, I'm going go play--

We don't want high right here.

No, it's going be a little more back. Almost-- it's kind of a smaller version of that pitch shot that we hit.

And that leaf that's halfway up there, is that kind of the break.

I think it's almost got to go around that, actually.


It's going to break pretty good there at the end. So and that's one thing with chipping with spin is that we take out a lot of this--

--a lot of this beginning.

--the break in the beginning, so we don't have to play quite as much.

So your goal here is to chip-- make this ball check in the middle, and then run out.

Yeah, it should be leaning a little short of the leaf, and then kind of checking it, and rolling out.

So that leaf up there, probably, you'll go around that. But that's kind of not a bad aim thing.

Yeah, it's not a bad line to get it to go around. And it's a good for distance too to land just a little bit short of it, so.

You're going to pitch that just short of that, make it check, and then run out. There's the check.

There we go.

And then--

It rolls out.

That's good. That was good. And I would say, did you give yourself a 9 out of 10 for-- it could have been a fraction.

Yeah, that was-- I mean that was what I was trying to do. I think if you did what you were trying to do, I call it a pretty good shot.

Pretty good shot. I've noticed all day today that you're not too hard on yourself. Did you learn that? Or were you ever hard on yourself?

Well, you need to see me play in a golf tournament then.

I hope. But you don't seem to be too hard on yourself mentally.

No, I mean, I am pretty hard on myself. I expect a lot. I definitely do, but I know that there's a lot of things I can't control.

And you've learned over experience to--

--and I've learned.

--Let that go a little bit.

Yeah, I learned to-- there is, to take, kind of pretty particular about certain things. And if I can control what I can fix and the rest is out of my control. I mean that landed a little softer than I thought it would. It's still a pretty good shot.

This is a little different. We have to--

This one's different.

--Make sure here that we get up, right?

Right. And here we're chipping, you take-- I always get into it, when I get into a lie like this, and just take some practice swings. Because--

See what kind of a resistance you got there.

--all that grass is popping up. So what that means is that the ball is going to roll up the face. And if the face is open, you're going to almost go right under it. So you almost, so when I'm hitting into the green like that, I'm going to keep the face a little bit more square.

Because it's going to jerk open.

And it's going to pop it up itself. So and the biggest thing is we've got to make sure we keep the club going too. See how it wants to slow it down. So we're--

Ball forward?

Yeah, stance is pretty narrow, so it's kind of right in the middle because we're on an up slope here. But the biggest thing is to keep that face a little bit more square.

Because you've got 60 degrees.


Wow, that thing checked nice, didn't it?


Yup, I'd say that you got all the shots.

Got them all.

You've got all the shots today.

Thank you.