Talk to any golfer about what the most important skill to success on the course is, and the majority will say the short game.
A golf chipper can help you around the greens.
Finding the best golf chipper for your game will help eliminate fat or thin chips and enable lower scores. This article will highlight five of the best golf chippers on the market and detail the best and worst elements of each.
Five Best Golf Chippers 2022
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What is a chipper?
A golf chipper is a club that has a similar head to a putter with a face that is lofted usually 30 to 37 degrees which is the same as most 7- and 8-irons. The length of the club is close to a putter at usually 35 inches. The chipper allows you to hit the ball with a putting stroke.
The club is designed to let you chip but give you a better feel and more control such like when you are putting. Because the chipper has a better lie angle and lets you place it flat on the ground on address, it is considered easier to hit than a high-lofted iron or wedge. A high-lofted iron or a wedge has a different lie angle and a higher likelihood of mishits such as hitting the ball fat, thin or off the toe. This results in poor contact and adds strokes to the scorecard.
Most chippers range from 33 to 48 inches and have standard putter or wedge shafts. Chippers are classified by the USGA as irons. Chippers can have standard grips or putter grips depending on preference.
Who should use a chipper?
Chippers can be used by any type of golfer but are recommended for a high to mid handicap player.If a player has trouble hitting wedges or short irons around the green then a chipper is ideal for them.
Having a more forgiving club around the green can help in difficult situations. When faced with a decent lie on the edge of the green, a player can use a chipper to run the ball up to the hole. Chippers are versatile and can even be used from to 30-40 yards if a player has a lot of green to work with.
The player can land the ball on the fringe or on the front of the green and let it release towards the hole which is commonly known as a “bump and run.”
Players who put too much loft on their chips and have distance control as well as contact issues with their wedges are ideal candidates for owning a chipper.
Are chippers legal in golf?
According to the USGA, chippers are legal in golf because they are classified as irons. In order to have a legal chipper in your bag, you cannot have a putter grip on the club nor have a two-way chipper. A two-way chipper has a club face on both sides of the head. The USGA considers a “long chipper” to be illegal, so the club has to be the length of a 7-iron to a putter.
If you are out on the course for fun and want to hit shots left or right-handed with a two-way chipper, then just make sure to take it out of the bag come tournament time.
A player caught with a two-way chipper in a tournament (stroke play or match play) will be disqualified, and if it’s a multi-team tournament such as a scramble, the entire group will be disqualified.
Golf Chipper VS A Wedge
Golf chippers and wedges are used for the same purpose but are completely different clubs. A golf chipper usually comes in 30-37 degrees and most wedges vary from 46 to 60 degrees.
There are different types of wedges including a pitching wedge, (46-50 degrees) a gap wedge, (51-54 degrees) a sand wedge, (55-57 degrees) and a lob wedge (58-60) degrees. Most wedges found on the market and in golfers’ bags feature the following degrees.
Pitching wedge: 47 degrees
Gap wedge: 52 degrees
Sand Wedge: 56 degrees
Lob Wedge: 60 degrees
Wedges feature blade-like club heads and faces and are meant for shots inside 130 yards. When hitting a wedge, golfers can take a full swing, half swing or short swing.
Wedges can be hit from any lie including in the deep rough or for high lofted shots below the hole on the bottom of a hill. Unlike wedges, chippers have a putter-like face and are meant to be hit with a putting stroke rather than a full or half-swing.
It is not recommended to use a chipper for a shot over a bunker or above or below the green such as at the top or bottom of a hill. Chippers also are not meant for hitting through deep rough.
Chippers are made to replicate a wedge’s results without having the risk of digging the club in the ground and mishitting it. They’re designed to be forgiving and easier to hit.
Out of the 14 clubs allowed in the bag by the USGA, a player should replace their least hit and most difficult wedge with a chipper.
Wilson has been around since 1914 and has been used by major championship winners from Gene Sarazen’s 1922 U.S. Open victory to Padraig Harrington’s triumph at the 2008 PGA Championship.
There are currently six players on the PGA Tour using Wilson including Harrington, Gary Woodland, Kevin Streelman, Ricky Barnes and Brendan Steele.
This great track record and Wilson’s history of making high performance clubs was one of the many reasons we picked the Wilson Men’s Harmonized Golf Chipper as our editor’s choice and No. 1 chipper of 2019.
The club is 35 inches in length and features an iron-like firm grip that lets you choke up or down depending on your height. The head of the club is designed like a mix between a mallet and a blade putter so it is easy to use.
The True Ace Assembled chipper was our budget option due to its affordable price and specialized features.
The chipper stands out from others due to its four-way chamber wide sole that helps players hit out of the rough.
It also has a cavity back with weights on the heel and toe that helps with control and forgiveness.
At 35 inches long and with a 35 degree loft, the True Ace Assembled chipper gives users a true putter-like feel with the angle of a 7-iron perfect for bump and runs or short chips on a flatter surface.
The Intech Golf EZ Roll was our top pick as the best chipper for women.
The chipper is designed to look like a large mallet putter and is similar to an Odyssey putter with a white round ball in the back with a line through it which serves as an alignment aid.
The EZ Roll comes with a backweighted design to aid in distance control when applying a putting stroke. It’s face is 35 degrees.
The club is the length of a putter and has a gooseneck hosel that helps prevent shanks when making contact with the golf ball.
The Intech Golf Approach Two-Way Chipper has two faces on each side of the club allowing both left or right handed golfers to use the club. The club is illegal for tournaments since two-faced clubs are not allowed by the USGA.
Having two faces also enables players to use the club in many tricky situations where they would have had a difficult stance.
At 35 inches, the chipper is the length of most putters, and at 32 degrees, the club is lofted like a 6-iron.
This is an ideal chipper for high-handicappers and new golfers who aren’t looking to play in tournaments.
Ray Cook is known around the golf world for their top class wedges and putters. That’s one of the reasons why we picked the extreme aim chipper as our premium purchase.
The extreme aim chipper has a unique site alignment aid that makes it easy to hit accurately. The club features a 37 degree loft with a 70 lie allowing you to lay it down on the ground as if you are putting.
The 37 degree loft helps hit higher lofted shots when needed and gives you more flexibility hitting out of the rough compared to other chippers.
The club is manufactured in both a men’s and women’s edition.
Now that you’ve read our reviews for the top five golf chippers of 2019, you can make the decision whether or not to buy one.
The Wilson Men’s Harmonized Chipper wins our editor’s choice award due to its high quality features and specifications that can help make the short game easier for its owners.
The club is perfect for beginners and high handicappers and can replace the club you’re having trouble chipping with. Our top five list features links to chippers so if you like what you see you can start knocking the ball close next time you’re on the course.
Lawrence Smelser is part of the Golfible editorial staff and is a freelance golf writer. Smelser has covered the PGA Tour and most recently the 2019 Masters. He holds a journalism Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s journalism degree from the University of North Texas