Is there a more divisive club in golf?
People who use them love them. People who don't...well they hate the guys who do!
The reason is simple. These things work for most golfers especially the guys who have a tough time chipping with wedges which is what is expected of us.
But since the main philosophy of this website and my Youtube channel is that you jam with the game you have; if you want a chipper, you get a chipper.
A friend of mine, Didi, used a chipper for years before he learnt to chip with his 54° and he played off an 8 handicap with that chipper! Below are some of the best golf chippers in the game right now.
Why chippers work
A lot of players get nervous when chipping from the nature of a chip. A chip is a short shot that requires feel and touch.
Often the chips are played off the fringe or the fairway which can have tight grass, making the idea of clipping the ball off the turf a scary one. It sounds silly to a lot of golfers, but we've all been there.
The chipper comes along and makes that shot easier by allowing you to have more of a sweeping putting stroke without worrying about teething the ball across the green or duffing it one foot in front of where you're standing.
Should you get one or learn to use a wedge?
There is no hard and fast rule for the way you approach the game. My philosophy throughout everything I think about golf is to make it as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
If a chipper will remove stress from your game and allow you to cut three or four shots off your score, make the beer taste better and give you a butterfly in your tummy to play again...I think you know where I'm headed. Whatever gets you jazzed to play golf again is good for you.
Follow your gut. Do what it says. A man with a chipper knows what he wants, he wants to get that ball in that hole in the leat strokes possible.
The only thing you must overcome is ego.
Put EGO aside and understand no one will understand you
You'll get a ribbing and some comments from other players because using a chipper is seen as equivalent of joining a suicide cult.
Just keep that in mind.
But then learn to use it and hole more chips than them. Silence them with results.
Don't get a two-sided chipper
Two sided chippers aren't going to benefit you. You'll almost never use it left handed if you're a righty, I swear to you.
Getting a one-direction chipper is going to benefit you more as they have excellent alignment aids on the back of them. The two-way chipper doesn't and what's the point of getting a new club for chipping if it doesn't FULLY help you chip.?
Best Golf Chipper Clubs Available
Best for long bump and runs and greenside chipping
Cleveland have rally cornered the market with this club. The C wedge is called that because the C stands for Chipper.
But the reason it works so well is because you can also use it from a distance. I used it in my video on breaking 90 by hitting under 150 yards here (part 1, par 2, part 3) and I can confirm it's a handy club when the fairways are firm and running smooth.
You can run it up to the green from up to 70 or 80 yards out. Green side, it takes some getting used to because the face is quite hot, meaning the ball comes off the face quite fast but with an hour or so of practice, you'll get used to it.
With so many options out there to chip and putt and get the ball in the hole, whatever gets the job done for you is most important.
The game is there to be enjoyed and I love to see chippers out on the green side shots. It means this dude knows what he wants and he wants to get that little ball in that little hole.
The Cleveland Smart Sole C Wedge is a very very versatile club and will serve you well from inside 80 or 70 yards all the way to green side. The best golf chipper in the game right now.