F & V:
You both do a great job in explaining the game of golf and its intricacies.
My question has to do with the use of a club that some view as a crutch. The club I’m referring to is the chipper. They range in loft from 25 to 50+ degrees and are about the same length as a putter (35” or so). Most are more upright than the corresponding club in the set with the same degree loft. The more upright lie helps the golfer swing the club as they would a putter and have many less fat shots than they would with a 7 or 8 iron or especially a wedge.
Personally, to maintain no more than 14 clubs, I’d rather use just one wedge (54 degrees) for a sand wedge, lay it open for a lob shot and put a chipper in the bag as well. The short game is where the strokes are saved.
Why is the chipper looked at with such disdain in the golfing world?
Thanks for your kind comments. Let me assure you, there is nothing wrong with carrying a “Chipper” which is very useful and effective for many golfers.
Getting close to the hole with a chipper and watching your buddies chunk a wedge will soon get rid of any complex you may have about carrying this “crutch”.
I believe that choking down on a 7- or 8-iron does the same thing for me as a chipper even though the lie angle is not perfect. The secret to chipping is to do as you suggest — i.e. use a putting stroke even if you have a seven-iron in your hands.
Nothing wrong with a Chipper but try a seven iron first.