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Why Does Scottie Scheffler Chip In So Often?

Scottie Scheffler seems to chip in every round he plays at the moment; PGA Professional Jack Backhouse looks at his technique to see what makes this happen.

 

Scottie Scheffler was on an absolute tear in 2024, winning four times on the PGA Tour: the Arnold Palmer, The Players, The Masters, and the RBC Heritage. We all know how good he is off the tee and with his irons, but I believe his short game is massively underrated, so in this video, I break down his low-chip shot technique to see what we can learn.

Scottie Scheffler Chipping Analysis: Set-Up

Scottie uses a high lofted wedge for these shots mainly due to the type of grass he plays on and stands very close to the ball. He plays the ball back in his stance to help take some loft off the club and steepen his angle of attack.

It’s probably not recommended to play your low chip shots with your most lofted club for the average golfer as it is pretty high-risk, but if you have the time to practice it and you want to play the low shot with spin then this is how you do it.

set up

Backswing

Scheffler picks the club up on a steep plane with a closed club face. He uses his right wrist to hinge the club up, which puts his left wrist into a bowed position and closes the club face.

As the club moves back, Scottie Scheffler leans with his left hip forward towards the target, putting more weight on his front foot in the backswing.

All of these moves close the clubface, steepen the angle of attack, and moves the low point of his swing forwards. This is what produces a low flight with a high lofted club.

steep

Downswing

Into the downswing is where we see the magic in Scottie Sheffler’s chipping technique. Because he has de-lofted the club in the backswing and already moved his weight forward well onto his front foot, he simply drops his arms down and requires no club manipulation.

As the club swings down into impact, Scottie is actually starting to stand up and lift his head. You can see in the video and in the image below how he gains approximately 3 inches of height into the ball. This might seem crazy for those golfers who try to keep their head down, but this is what stops the wedge from crashing into the ground and digging.

impact

Into the Finish

As Scheffler swings through into the finish he never really lets the clubhead pass his hands very much and holds a little bit of the angle of his right wrist, again because he is trying to keep the loft down and hit the ball low.

He continues to gain height into a tall finish and keeps the clubhead swinging down the target line for as long as possible into a very textbook finish position.

scottie scheffler chipping

What can we learn?

This is a very different chipping style than the ‘shallow, brush the grass’ technique that golfers are generally taught when chipping with a lofted club. Scottie is a very steep chipper of the ball but manages it very well with good wrist angles and good head height management, which makes this technique brilliant.

If you want to master Scottie Scheffler’s low chip shot, do the following:

  • Perfect set-up: ball back, hands forward, stand close to the ball.
  • Wrist angles: pick the club up steep not by lifting it, but by hinging the trail wrist and bowing your lead wrist.
  • Height management: stand up on the way down – do NOT keep your head down!

If you enjoyed this Scottie Scheffler chip shot analysis, keep an eye out for more tour winners’ swing analysis in the future.

If you are interested in seeking further information from Jack that is more specific to your golf game, you can book an in-person or online golf lesson by clicking here.

Jack Backhouse

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Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching, teaching golf to beginners and top-level amateurs for 10+ years. He also loves his golf equipment and analysing the data of the latest clubs on the market using launch monitors, specialising in blade irons and low-spinning drivers despite having a chronically low ball flight.

Although Jack has no formal journalism training, He has been reading What's In The Bag articles since he started playing at 12 and studying golf swings since his dad first filmed his swing to reveal one of the worst over-the-top slice swings he reckons has ever been recorded, which set him off on the path to be a coach. His favourite club ever owned was a Ping G10 driver bought from a local top amateur with the hope that some of the quality golf shots would come with it (they didn't), and worst was a Nike SQ driver he only bought because Tiger was using it.

Jack is a member of Sand Moor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to prepare for tournaments. Jack uses a TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver, a half set of TaylorMade P7MB irons, MG4 wedges and a TaylorMade TP Reserve putter.

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