Struggling with your chipping? These shot-specific clubs can help

Ping Chipr

Chipping-specific clubs like Ping's ChipR can help make a lot of greenside shots easier.

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We understand that not everyone has the short game touch of 2024 Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, but just because you’re not a world-class player doesn’t mean that that you can’t quickly improve with the help of a speciality club.

Yes — we’re talking chippers.

Now before you scoff and shake your head at me — and I realize you might have already done that, consider the fact that modern day short game tools are far removed from the old low-end, technology absent two-way chippers of yesteryear. Yes you can still find those kicking around used bins or discount golf shops, but I’m here to talk about real tools designed to offer performance and technology.

The Ping ChipR

The Ping ChipR is an all-encompassing short game tool designed to eliminate variables and help increase consistency around the green and inside 40 yards.

Ping ChipR club
The Ping ChipR helps to simplify the chipping stroke. Ping Golf

As the name suggests, it’s has been designed to help promote consistency with a chipping stroke by pairing a heavy head weight (similar to a standard putter) with a standard 8-iron shaft length. These specs, along with the micromax grooves for less spin variation and cambered sole to help the club glide through the turf, make it a great choice for those that want a little extra help on that next bump-and-run.

Ping ChipR Custom Wedge

WHAT IS IT? A fully engineered chipping solution that combines elements of a putter and wedge to help golfers improve performance around the greens and lower their scores. WHO IS IT FOR? Golfers who lack confidence with their traditional wedge and frequently struggle with their chip shots around the green. Our research indicates 1/3 of all golfers would greatly benefit from a PING ChipR. HOW DOES IT WORK? Recommended for shots within 40 yards of the green from the rough or fringe, golfers apply a putting-like stroke to achieve distance control and consistency without fear of chunking or blading their shots. THE TECHNOLOGY Hydropearl chrome finish Investment-cast 431 stainless steel Perimeter weighting, high MOI Composite cavity badge Compact size for confidence MicroMax grooves for spin control on chips of every length Shallow face height (between putter and wedge) Cambered sole for versatility from rough and fringe
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Cleveland Smart Sole chipper

The Smart Sole chipper is part of Cleveland’s lineup of Full Face wedges that includes both traditional and cavity back wedge designs.

Cleveland Chipper
The Cleveland Smart Sole chipper offer all the same technology as the RTX Full Face wedges. Cleveland Golf

The Full Face chipper offers hydrazip grooves that cover the entire face of the wedge for greater spin consistency no matter where you contact it on the face, along with a three-tiered sole and gelback insert for improved control and feel.

Cleveland Smart Sole Full-Face Custom Wedge

This completely new Wedge system now includes four specialized clubs to fulfill every short-game shot on the course, giving you the complete package. Featuring the largest striking areas we’ve ever put on a Wedge, plus dynamic HydraZip and UltiZip technologies, Smart Sole Full-Face is now even more forgiving than before. A Wedge For Every Shot Bump-and-run it with the Chipper. Get full swing forgiveness with the Gap. Easy bunker escapes with the Sand. And short-side pin confidence with the Lob. Larger Faces Our largest faces ever on any Cleveland Golf Wedges, new full-face grooves, and improved MOI makes these the most forgiving Wedges we’ve ever made.
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So next time you find yourself struggling around the greens and want some help to simplify your approach, consider a specialty chipper to get you closer to the hole more often.

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Ryan Barath Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.