PING ChipR Review – Is It Worth a Spot in Your Bag?
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PING ChipR Review – Is It Worth a Spot in Your Bag?

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PING ChipR Review – Is It Worth a Spot in Your Bag?

The Ping ChipR Wedge is an innovative club designed to help golfers improve their short game. It is specifically engineered for golfers who struggle with chipping and pitching shots around the green. Through extensive researching and testing, Ping has developed a wedge that boasts unique features capable of elevating your game to new heights.

In this review, we will delve into the Ping ChipR Wedge’s design and technology, performance and feel, and how these attributes make it stand out among other clubs available on the market. Most important, is it worth a spot in your bag?

Ping ChipR Wedge Specs

Chipping-specific clubs are not a new trend. However, PING apparently has seen an opportunity in that niche market. The PING ChipR is a unique hybrid, a combination of a wedge and a putter that aims to boost your chipping confidence. It’s a great-looking club with a sleek design. And our testers found it to be incredibly easy to use, with the potential make a sizable difference in your short game.

In terms of specifications, the Ping ChipR is packed with features found in their latest Ping Glide 4.0 wedge, such as the Hydropearl finish and Micromax grooves. Some of the key specs include:

  • A similar weight to a PW/LW
  • A similar loft to a 9 iron at 38.5 degrees
  • A bounce of 8 degrees
  • The standard length of a putter at 35 inches
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How We Tested

As most of you know, our bread-and-butter testing is done indoors at our testing facility in Yorktown, Va., but for this unique opportunity, we took our testing outside. We utilized a short game facility at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.

When we are conducting testing, our golf ball of choice is Titleist Pro V1.

The PING ChipR is designed to make chipping easier. That’s its sole purpose. So our testers hit from two different scenarios around the green: the fringe and the rough.

In each scenario, testers were given their choice of club selection. They hit 10 shots with their selection and 10 shots with the PING ChipR. During this process, we recorded proximity to the hole with testers’ gamers and the PING ChipR. Shots outside of 25 feet were considered outliers.

The testers’ handicap indexes range from 1.0 to 15.0.

Let’s check out the results.

Ping ChipR Review: The Fringe

A bump-and-run chip is the premise of the PING ChipR. Hitting from the fringe, a few paces from the green is an ideal scenario to test the ChipR. Now, not every golfer plays a pure bump-and-run shot in this situation. Some opt for more lofted wedges (sand wedge or lob wedge), which was evident during the test.

In this scenario, a 55% of the testers had a closer proximity to the hole. Overall, the ChipR beat out the gamers in average proximity to the hole…by 1 inch. Does it go to show that the ChipR excels with its bread and butter? There is an argument to be made. Check it out for yourself.

Ping ChipR Performance: The Rough

Our out-of-the-rough situation consisted of a 25-yard approach to the flagstick. With the flagstick in the middle of the green, this shot provided testers with plenty of room to execute a bump-and-run pitch with the ChipR. A lot of testers utilized a more lofted club. Most wanted to carry the ball onto the green and let it release.

This is where we saw a smaller percentage of the testers benefit from using the ChipR. However, those that did saw a better proximity to the hole results versus their gamer. Even from the rough, testers were surprised with how easy the ChipR glides through the rough.

Ping ChipR Review: Hitting Over a Bunker

Acknowledging that this is not an ideal scenario for the PING ChipR, we wanted to have some fun. Every tester chose a higher-lofted wedge for this shot. Most were extremely successful in executing it. However, using a higher-lofted wedge increased the likelihood of a heavy or thinned shot.

The observation with the PING ChipR is that it allowed for more consistent strikes and enough height to carry the bunker. However, due to the low, piercing ball flight, it did not provide enough peak height to hold the green. Is hitting over a bunker with the ChipR possible? Yes. Is it worthwhile? Only if you have a lot of green to work with.

Ping ChipR: Tester Feedback

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With such a unique and situational purpose, gathering feedback from our testers about this specialty club was paramount. Much like Most Wanted Testing, subjective feedback does not play a role in rankings or results. However, it gives us an opportunity to communicate golfers’ feedback about the PING ChipR. This feedback provides insight for every consumer. Here are some of our testers’ comments:

  • Monty H. (1.2 index) – “A great club to potentially have in your bag. Extremely situational but allows for a great bump-and-run shot. Easy to make a repetitive, putting-like motion.”
  • Floyd M. (13.5 index) – “Love it. The heavy weighting provides confidence and stability through the chipping motion. I’d play it.
  • M.C. M. (15.0 index) – “Offers tremendous upside but will take time to get use to it. The weighting is too heavy for my liking and I wouldn’t buy it.”
  • Casey B. (6.9 index) – “A nice club and I’d highly recommend it for beginners, juniors or those looking for a club to provide confidence around the green.”
  • John S. (10.1 index) – “Feel is good and the weighting, albeit heavy, isn’t unappealing. Easy to hit and I’d consider buying it.”
  • Tom S. (8.1 index) – “Plain, simple look. I wish the scoring lines were more pronounced. I could get use to it quickly and like it overall.”
  • Chris N. (5.0 index) – “Ideal product to execute a bump-and-run shot. An elevated shot is difficult to achieve so it’s one-dimensional. It assists with minimizing heavy shots and is forgiving.”

PERFORMANCE SUMMARY

Throughout this test, we observed the playability of the PING ChipR. There are plenty of golfers who still use a gap wedge, sand wedge or lob wedge depending on different scenarios around the green. Rightfully so, especially since wedges offer versatility with loft options and bounce/grind combinations. Each of us delivers the club to the ball differently so golf wedge technology has definitely created a club for almost any circumstance.

With the ChipR, PING has created a simple-to-use specialty club. There are potential performance benefits by using it. We saw lower-handicap players successfully achieve closer proximity to the hole. It allowed higher-handicap players not to blade or chunk a straightforward chip. Regardless of your ability, the ChipR might be worth your consideration. If you have the chipping yips, if you lack confidence, if you play relatively flat golf courses, it may be the worth a spot in your bag.

Who is it for?

The Ping ChipR Wedge is designed for golfers who struggle with their short game, specifically those who have difficulty in performing bump and run shots, or who lack confidence with their traditional wedge. If you’ve been having issues with inconsistent chipping, this club might be just what you need to improve your game.

You may benefit from using the Ping ChipR Wedge if you’re often facing shots within 40 yards of the green, either from the rough or fringe. With this club, you can apply a putting-like stroke to achieve distance control and consistency, reducing the chances of chunking or blading your shots.

Design and Technology

Design Details

The investment-cast, 431 stainless steel head is perimeter weighted for forgiveness, offers a composite cavity badge, and its hydropearl chrome finish repels water. Available to be custom fit for length, loft and lie (10 color codes).

Technology Insights

Ping has incorporated innovative technology into the ChipR Wedge to help improve your chipping and short game. The Micromax grooves on the clubface enable better contact and increased spin for improved control on your shots. The club also features a composite cavity badge that helps dampen vibrations and create a softer feel at impact.

In addition to the groove technology and the composite cavity badge, the Ping ChipR features a unique sole design that promotes versatility and adaptability for a variety of short game situations. With these design and technology elements combined, the Ping ChipR Wedge aims to give you improved confidence and better results around the green.

Remember to practice your chipping and integrate the Ping ChipR Wedge into your game to maximize its benefits and enhance your short game skills.

Performance and Feel

Performance Analysis

The Ping ChipR performed well in testing. When you apply a putting-like stroke, you can achieve distance control and consistency without fear of chunking or blading your shots.

When hitting from the fringe (a few paces from the green), 55% of testers had an improved shot with the Ping ChipR.

Understanding the Feel

The feel of the Ping ChipR wedge is truly remarkable. When you hold it in your hands, you can sense the sturdy construction and high standard materials used to build this club. The balanced weight distribution throughout the head and shaft allows for a smoother, more controlled stroke, instilling confidence in your game.

As you make contact with the ball, the ChipR emits a pleasant and crisp sound that further enhances the overall experience. The combination of performance, feel, and sound establishes the ChipR as an essential accessory in any golfer’s bag. With practice, you’ll develop an improved sense of touch for your short game that translates to lower scores and increased enjoyment on the course.

Unique Features

Understanding Loft

The Ping ChipR features a loft similar to a 9-iron, at around 38.5 degrees. This unique loft allows for a versatile approach around the greens, giving you more control and confidence during your chip shots.

The Grip and Shaft

A well-designed grip and shaft make a big difference in your chipping game. The Ping ChipR features a comfortable dyla-wedge grip similar to that of a putter, which provides excellent feedback and control. Plus, the 35-inch putter-like shaft length enhances your consistency when chipping, making it easier for you to execute your shots.

Weight and Lie Angle

With a similar weight to a pitching wedge or lob wedge, the Ping ChipR has a well-balanced feel, giving you better control during chip shots. The lie angle of the club ensures a more upright and comfortable stance, which further improves your ability to make accurate, consistent chip shots.

Spin and Grooves

The Ping ChipR comes with Micromax grooves, which promote increased spin for better control around the greens. These grooves, combined with the club’s loft, help create the right amount of backspin to get your ball to stop more quickly on the green. This becomes especially helpful when trying to get your ball close to the pin from just off the green.

Cambered Sole and Cavity Badge

The cambered sole on the Ping ChipR makes it easier to slide through various turf conditions, helping you maintain consistent contact with the ball. This leads to more predictable chip shots, so you can feel confident knowing you have a club that adapts well to different surfaces. Additionally, the cavity badge is made of 431 stainless steel, which adds a touch of style and durability to the club.

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      Harry

      10 months ago

      Regarding what club it replaces, none for me..
      Driver
      3 wd
      7wd
      25* hybrid
      6-p
      48,52,58 and cleveland chipper.
      Putter

      I really improved my chipping with the cleveland version and my father plays the niblick which is a full pitching wedge length as his pw. All I did was remove one hybrid since 5 hy and 7 wood just worked for my gap and I dont miss my 60 degree and 54 wedge. The chipper gets used quite a lot in each round and while I dont always bring it, when I do, Im way more accurate and just came to grips with owning a chipper. Mark Crossfield helped with that

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      Wade

      1 year ago

      All those reading thse comments, go to YouTube and an watch the Average Golfer.
      Andy has done multiple reviews on this and, put it in his bag..
      He is a better golfer than most.
      Because he has put it in his bag and continues to use it he has gotten very consistent with this club.. Go check it out, he has made me a believer.

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      Mark Darby

      1 year ago

      Is there any benefit to adjusting loft and lie angle as you would with irons, or best left more standard as you perhaps would with wedges. Any experience guys?

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      Kristian

      12 months ago

      Just like with any other club, depends on your delivery. 70* lie standard for putters, some play them flatter or more upright though. In that scenario, adjusting lie to that of your putter would probably make the most sense. For loft, I guess Ping had a pretty neutral delivery in mind when designing it with 38,5*. If you habe higher or lower dynamic loft with your putting stroke, adjusting loft might be a good option. Just like the standard 3-4* of loft on putters work for many but not for everyone depending on their amount of shaft lean/ball position.

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      Brian

      1 year ago

      Love the ChipR and adding it to the bag as a 5th wedge. Replacing my 4 iron that I never use. Feels like a great option to make up for my lack of wedge practice. Easy to hit and I found it to be more consistent. Quality club. I am a 7.

      The ChipR might be a little non traditional but I don’t score or save strokes with my 4 iron. The ChipR haters prob need to fill the bag with hybrids, which maybe someday I will too. Until then, hopefully this saves me a couple strokes per round.

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      Steve

      1 year ago

      Looks like a great club. I really like the CBX2 and CBX Zipcore so I don’t think I would be switching, but great to see MGS encouraging golfers to try this Chipr out.

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      Hibcam

      1 year ago

      The lie is way too upright. I felt too close to the ball for any shot over 25 yards

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      Carolyn

      1 year ago

      a club who’s magic will wear out fast and be in the club barrel along with hundreds of huge bounce sand wedges….

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      Ranny

      1 year ago

      AVAILABILITY!!! I ordered mine in July thru a Pro Shop (had a credit from a low net score in a match). The latest estimate from Ping is an October delivery.

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      Jay Arr

      1 year ago

      It would be nice if pxg offered something like this with the ability to swing weight the head with their weights like the gen4 and gen5 irons.
      Also, it would be nice to see this offered in a loft closer to 50 degrees. I find 38.5* is too limiting… Too much run and now enough fly if you play courses with faster or elevated greens.

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      Matt

      1 year ago

      Great answer, I have a 46*chipper and if I had one at 50* or higher it’s all I would need from 60yds and in, would be great if this trend continues and more lofted versions become available.

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      don

      1 year ago

      I wonder if what they proved is people should be using the 8iron 60% more of the time, or the chipr works? Shots outside of 25 feet were considered outliers, but curios because those are exactly the shots the chipr is supposed to stop.

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      Michael Pasvantis

      1 year ago

      I’m a 6..1 index and whats been help keep me there is the Cleveland Chipper I put in the bag a few months ago. I love how it sits flat like a putter which makes it very easy to align and aim. The wide sole can handle any lie and makes this club very forgiving. Even those heavy strikes do well whereas with a wedge they go nowhere.
      There was a bit of a learning curve determining carry and roll from forward and back ball positions but this thing is deadly. I’ve started venturing back further and further away from the green with this and have used it from as far back as 60 yards. The only time I don’t pull it is when I’m short sided or have to carry some sort of hazard. Otherwise it’s become my go to club. I put my ego aside and bagged this club and. I could care less what anyone thinks. They shut up pretty quick when I chip in or knock it inside a foot.

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      Dave P

      1 year ago

      Michael try it from out to 110 yards as you will be very surprised with the results. It is my go to club from anywhere inside 110 now. 5 index

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      Henri8

      1 year ago

      I used a chipper extensively when I first started playing. As I’ve lowered my handicap I started using a Callaway Sureout sand wedge which works great for me. I recently added a 64 degree Sureout which I use over hazards. I practice daily with those clubs and have become quite proficient. My playing partners are amazed at my 50 yards and in ability. I emphasize that I practice daily

      Bob Johnson

      1 year ago

      I use the Cleveland Chipper with an Golf Pride Jumbo grip. Deadly accurate!! Every time I play one of the other people I’m with asks to give it a try.

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      Glenn

      1 year ago

      So how about a competition between the ChipR and the dozens of chipping irons in junk bin.

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      Michael

      1 year ago

      I gamed a chipper for a while back several years ago. Worked out pretty well but I had to take a club out of the bag to accommodate it. And it seemed that I always needed that particular club which wasn’t in my bag that day! Finally forced myself to learn how to hit bump & run chips w/ a 9i & PW (I only play high shots if I have to go over something)..

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      joe

      1 year ago

      A 7 IRON BY ANY OTHER NAME IS A CHIPPER?

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      Steve

      1 year ago

      for it it is the 8 iron…..when pin is a long way away on green I will be closer 95% it the time then any of my playing partners that will not give up the sand wedge chip

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      Mike

      1 year ago

      Agree. 99% of the time those folks will come up well short. Of two friends, stop watching TV. The pros that use that shot are experts who practice all the time; you’re a 20 index who practice his short game once a month.

      Marc Halley

      1 year ago

      As a 5 handicap, in Virginia I never would scuff a chip because of the grass.
      Moved to Florida and the grass is very tight. Chipping is atrocious. This club helped alot, but you’ve got to have alot of green between you and the flag because it rolls like crazy.

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      Mike

      1 year ago

      Thanks for another interesting article. I’m a 9.7 hcp and don’t have a club I would take out of the bag for the ChipR. I chip with anything from a LW to an 8 iron, depending on the lie and the result needed. I have observed that guys who don’t chip well will often try a dedicated chipping club. Most of them have distance control problems with their chippers, usually missing long. I’m guessing that they also don’t practice much with their chipping club, expecting miracles on the golf course. But hey, sometimes you get lucky.

      Still, this is one of those clubs that if it works for you, go for it. I’ll keep my 4 wedges.

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      Buckeye Doug

      1 year ago

      Mike: I agree with you 1000%. Better 55 or 60% percent of the time is not enough on a shot that you hit 4-6 x per round. If I had room for an extra club, I think I would put the ALIEN wedge yes that one in the bag, wonderful club from rough but only has one purpose. I expect to be mocked by everyone.

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      Randall Robbins

      1 year ago

      Well, I have a 2.5 index smart guy, and I use something like this to chip with, since I can run it out hit longer shots, and get it rolling on the green pretty quickly.

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      Sean

      1 year ago

      It’s a heavier and more upright 9 iron, right?
      I’d love to see it comepared to that.

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      Lawrence

      1 year ago

      What is the loft of the chipper? What is the shaft flex?

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      Jeff

      1 year ago

      I found a good alternative to the chipper clubs. I purchased the Cleveland cbx 2 wedges in a 54 and 60 degree. I was worried that I would lose the ability to hit flip shots but that was not the case. I ended up being able to play every shot with similar results to my gamer Callaway MD4 C grind but the Cleveland’ cbx offered a little extra forgiveness on full shots and off of soft lies. I play in Palm Springs and summer conditions are the toughest with areas around greens where the Bermuda and crab.grass gross sparsely due to heat the courses can have soft bare spots due to overwatering. With my previous wedges I’d have to open the face a lot but made it to use bounce but the CBX2 sole is really versatile.

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      Zac

      1 year ago

      22 handicapper here and PING player. I have an old Odyssey chipper in my bag, and depending on lie I am using it from say 20 yards out. I like the fact it is a putting stroke and I feel as if I can more accurately guide the ball with that stroke versus the wedge. My current club I would never use in the rough I would go with something else depending. I also use my 7 or 8 iron to bump and run if the grass is a bit higher to ensure better contact. I have recently ordered this club but it has not arrived so I am not able to comment on it for playing conditions yet. To answer the question as to what to take out of the bag, I would take out a lob wedge, I find that they are not something I use very much anyway, I can always use my wedge and just take a partial swing. I did my own variation of this test using my wedge and the chipper and the chipper was generally closer to the whole but more importantly I felt like I had better control.

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      Gerry H

      1 year ago

      I’m wondering how much of the ball needs to be visible to hit this club from the rough?
      At my course in Florida the rough around the greens is quite deep and usually on the top cap of the ball is visible., although it is quite light and whispy which is why the ball sinks to be begin with.

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      Cliff L.

      1 year ago

      Does Ping suggest that you match the shaft with your irons? And how do you fit this into your bag of 14 clubs? What club would it replace?

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      Brian

      1 year ago

      I have one of these & have also had Cleveland Chippers over the years. I stopped using chippers for years but this club was intriguing. I’m a 12 handicap & I tend to use it from the fringe or if I’m 100 yards or less out from the green & there’s nothing in the way I talk a 1/4 swing & watch the ball roll to the green. Insanely easy to hit & prefer the added weight in the Ping Chipper vs other brands. Golfers too often buy the club they want instead of the club they need. I don’t like the idea of the chipper but isn’t the gaol to score lower? We all want & love to hit that flop shot but id rather hit a reliable shot that gives me GIR or nestles next to the hole for a shot a birdie or par.

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      Filippo

      1 year ago

      Way to go….
      Lowering the score is the only thing that matters.

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      Alan SF

      1 year ago

      As a high handicapper, my game is to get near the par 4 in two shots and try to chip close.. Have tried my 6,7 irons and sand wedge. Bought the ChipR two weeks ago and like the results. It takes some time to know how far to land the ball on or off the green as it can rocket off the face. Have even used the ChipR in the fairway for layup shots so I can hit short irons to the green. Got rid of my 3 fairway wood for the ChipR. No chucks or fat shots with the ChipR so I like this club.

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      Peter R.

      1 year ago

      All of a sudden I’m struggling with my chipping. I might give this little fella a shot.

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      Hans

      1 year ago

      The biggest question is what club do you take out when you put it in the bag.

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      Chuck

      1 year ago

      obviously your 6 iron, c’mon man use your noggin

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      DJ

      1 year ago

      It might have been insightful to compare bump-and-run shots using the Ping club vs. the tester’s gamer for the same — two bump-and-run shots being compared vs. comparing a bump-and-run to a higher trajectory. But if the testing showed an overall closer leave using the Ping and a bump-and-run perhaps that says enough.

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      Shamogity Bo

      1 year ago

      I have a Cleveland chipper and I like it. It doesn’t have the hefty the Ping does. I think I would like the Ping better because of the weight.

      Because of it’s length it’s also good for punch out shots.

      Another shot that it’s good for is one you don’t see as often but it happens. It is the shot where the ball is on the edge of a fairway bunker and you are down in the bunker and ball is above your belt line. It’s a lot easier to use then say choking up on a 7 iron.

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      Shams Ali

      1 year ago

      if you think you need the Ping ChipR, then you better quit golf. Learn to chip and put properly should be the first lessons you should get instructions from a PGA Pro from. Then go for the full iron swing instruction, and then the full woods swing instructions. Learn to play golf the proper way. There is also someting called scoring well, learn how to score well. For me, If on my scorecard ant the end of a golf round, If my score card doesn’t read 79-84, then I’m back at the drawing board.

      THanks

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      Steve

      1 year ago

      You’re a douche, respectfully

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      Chuck

      1 year ago

      yes he is

      Rich

      1 year ago

      Scott, I concur.

      CB

      1 year ago

      +1. SHAMS, you do you and stop trying to tell others how to play, or better enjoy, the game.

      Adam

      1 year ago

      I often find myself wondering why people like you exist. It is people like you that is the reason why golf has had growth issues prior to COVID. I am a 8 HCP and I bought a ChipR to try it. I also swing at 105 mph so generally when i golf there are not a lot of recreational players that beat me or out drive me. Even i found benefit in the ChipR and because i usually just open up my SW i took my LW out of the bag. But if you ever told my wife she should quit because she is a beginner and struggles with chipping, you’d be the first one in the dirt i promise you that. You talk like you are are some pro and so good yet you comment about others peoples struggles negatively, which is the exact opposite of what a PGA professional would do. You must be perfect and never slice or hook your drive, or never fat or thin a pitch. I bet you make every putt from 50 feet too. Get a life bro and take your pretentious attitude somewhere else, it is not welcomed from anyone, as much as you think you have something important or valuable to say..

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      Randall Robbins

      1 year ago

      Well, I have a 2.5 index smart guy, and I use something like this to chip with, since I can run it out hit longer shots, and get it rolling on the green pretty quickly.

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      Stephen

      1 year ago

      Interesting take Shams. I do believe that with a little practice that you should be able to accomplish with a 9 iron or other club what the Chipr does. However, I play with a guy who is a mid teens handicap and gets up and down constantly with his Chipr, and is much better from 5-15 yards off the green than I am (and my index is about 2.5). My friend uses a ChipR and can probably beat you at times – does that mean you should quit golf?????

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      D

      1 year ago

      Thanks for the educational lecture. You seem like the guy I make sure I never play a round with again. Glad to know there is this thing called scoring. Holy shit, what if a chipper helped you do that better? I bet you play “proper” blades don’t you?

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      SHAMOGITY BO

      1 year ago

      Maybe…some day…that bug up your bum will die…

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      Mike B

      1 year ago

      There is nothing wrong with using a club that helps you score better. Saying someone should quit golf if they have to use a chipping club is like saying they should quit golf if they use a hybrid instead of a 3 iron.

      If I were to decide to play a dedicated chipping club I would practice with it until I became proficient hitting chips with it.

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      Gregor

      1 year ago

      A few things that jumped out at me about this test. How much practice was allowed with the chipr before the test, as the subjects will have had significant practice with their own wedge choice for every shot. With regards to the errant >20 foot shots, were these mostly with the subjects own wedge, or with the chipr. Using a less lofted club almost always has less risk of a really bad shot, whereas you could be just removing that risk in this test.
      Finally, it would be nice to see the results grouped by handicap, as I’d imagine that for a 9 handicap (like myself) the results would be much more positive than 55%.

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      Chester

      1 year ago

      I agree, and it seems to me the parameters of the test weren’t optimized to quantify the value of the club. I understand it is a difficult task with such a task-specific tool and the variety of skills of potential users, BUT – it seems to me that the objective of a club like CHIPR isn’t to make chipping more accurate (9″ different that the standard club?? C’mon, man! If I chipped 100 balls with my “GAMER” my standard deviations are more than 9″ from 20 yards away.)
      I think the 25′ misses that were “thrown out” would actually be the point of a club like this – to make chipping easier, measured in how often you can replicate clean contact regardless of lie conditions (grass length, grain, etc.) How often to us mid-handicappers MIS-hit a chip due to some difficulty in lie… those are the shots I want to get rid of!

      If the results indicated that my “gamer” would chip within 6 feet of the hole 7/10 times (but I’d hit 3/10 fat/thin and still be 30 feet away) VS the CHIPR I’d hit cleanly 10/10 times, but would average being 10 feet from hole, I’d opt for the CHIPR!!

      I think most golfers would be less frustrated and remain in a better place mentally facing a 10 foot putt after every chip versus having that one fat/thin mis-hit chip that suddenly makes you feel like an idiot for ruining your round.

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      dr. bloor

      1 year ago

      Agreed. Also, this is the sort of test that’s begging for some sort of dispersion metric.

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      Par Hunter

      1 year ago

      When you say 55% or 39% got better results with the ChipR, does that mean that 45% (fringe) and 61% (rough) got better results with their gamers?

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      Chuck

      1 year ago

      your math checks out

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      tscdave

      1 year ago

      I have a few friends that use similar clubs, mostly from fringes or where the pin is back. I use my 8 iron and choke up and feel comfortable.

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      Dave Marshall

      1 year ago

      I frequently use a 7 wood to chip. I have found this to be an excellent option and no need for an extra specialty club in the bag. Over bunkers etc 56 or 60 does the trick.

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      jeff

      1 year ago

      Yes! I love using my 4-hybrid for Texas-wedge chipping around the green. Also greatly reduces the chances for thin/fat shots with a wedge as it’s just a simple putting stroke.

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      Peter Covell

      1 year ago

      OK, first of all, high handicapper here (18). A few years ago I came across an old Doug Saunders chipper for 50 cents. It sat for a while then I tried it out on a practice range. The short length and upright lie worked so much better than the skill I needed to get a high loft wedge to work. I found I am MUCH more consistent with this club, and I use it from 100 yards in, which sounds crazy but that’s what works for me. I should consider upgrading to this Ping.

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      RichardTC

      1 year ago

      Seems to me that the 20 plus handicappers would demonstrate a benefit from using a chipper.

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      Jeff

      1 year ago

      Agree. I would love to see higher handicaps included in the test as I feel that this club is directed towards them. How does that 15-20, or even 20-25 handicapper fare with it vs a wedge? Those are the results I’d like to see as chippers always seem targeted to this group….not the low handicappers as you structured your test with.

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      Tommy Esparza

      1 year ago

      Do we all need 14 clubs in our bag? It has been my experience when playing will fewer clubs in my bag, I have scored just as well and sometimes better with 10 for few clubs! I have the Ping ChipR in my bag and only carry 13 clubs, PXG 0211 10.5 driver w/3-wood shaft, PXG 0211 7-wood, PXG 0311 Gen3 5i-GW, Cleveland RTX Zipcore 56 & 60, Ping Heppler Piper arm lock putter w/Midlock XL 17” grip, & Ping Black dot ChipR! ⛳️

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      Ben Hoagie

      1 year ago

      I’m down to 11 clubs – D, 3H(19), 4H(23), 6-GW(lofts 27/31/36/41/46/51), SW(56), and Putter. Can’t hit 3W off FW consistently. JPX 921 iron lofts are jacked. Use Hi-Toe 56 for versatility, therefore no LW.

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      Bud

      1 year ago

      What is the swing weight of the Ping ChipR? Also, what degree of loft does it have?

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      Phillip Bishop

      1 year ago

      PING lists the swing-weight as E6 and 38.5 degrees for the loft.

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      RealDeal717

      1 year ago

      I bought the ChipR the week it came out. I game the Cleveland Smart Sole C 4.0 Dark which is 42* in loft. The Ping is 38.5* and I found it came off too low and would run out too much. The Cleveland seemed a little more versatile to me and I like its added loft. Now where I did find the ChipR nice was on a fuller shot. It essentially went the distance between my 9i and PW and seemed easier to hit than those clubs but it wasn’t enough to bag it. I sold the ChipR and stuck with the Cleveland. If Ping ever comes out with a higher lofted version I’d try it again cause it looked seemless in the bag with my G425 irons.

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      Ron

      1 year ago

      I had a very similar experience. I bought the ChipR when it first came out. I wanted to love it but after much practice I found it to be too heavy producing shots that were too hot. The loft is a bit low. Traded it for a Cleveland Smart Sole C wedge and I’m getting much better results.. I use Cleveland CBX Zipcore wedges and a Ping G425 driver. For me the Cleveland is better and cheaper even though price is not my concern.

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      Brian Parsons

      1 year ago

      This is the answer to a question that was never asked. What club does one replace with this? Or, just use a 7 iron. I am guessing that is the loft here.

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      Leonard

      1 year ago

      This test would be better with golfers who have a handicap of 15 and above. Also, there are a lot of chippers on the market – how does the Ping compare?

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      Ron

      1 year ago

      I added a chipper and took out my lob wedge. My 56* SW can function nicely to chip or hit flop shots. The chipper is excellent for bump and run and more accurate than a 7 or 8 iron because of the length and lie.

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      Ray Cherry

      1 year ago

      I think it will greatly help people in general but especially those more prone to hit shanks. In the old days we use to use a seven iron with the old bump and ruin. As a 3 hc and 76 years of age ill give it a try.

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      Peter Jackson

      1 year ago

      Hi
      Is this Ray Cherry from Rainford UK. ?

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      JR

      1 year ago

      Where are the results from 80-115 yards on full shots most of us implement with a wedge? I know that’s not going to be tested, but I just don’t see what club you can leave out of the bag to allow for this? Or is it time to be allowed to carry 15 or more clubs in the bag?

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      MB

      1 year ago

      I work for a golf retailer and was thinking the same thing. We tested in our bays and with the Chipr being very upright a lot of shots drew too much on full shots. It’s 37° of loft and I don’t remember the lie angle. It was a fun test but isn’t designed for those type of shots. It’s a niche club but for people that struggle with chipping they would have to find a club to take out if playing tourneys or club matches but for most average golfers that don’t do that they can run 15 because they are having fun with the game and don’t care about how many clubs they have.

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      Tokyojoe1965

      1 year ago

      So, you compared clubs you have many many rounds and driving range practice experience with a club you just got in the mail…….
      I think your numbers will be leaning more and more for the chipper once you get more practice with it and learn how to use it better in each of those situations tested.

      Perhaps get a year’s worth of practice/play time then retest.

      If someone wants to send me the chipper, I’d be happy to sacrifice my lob and gap wedges for a year. LOL!

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      dr. bloor

      1 year ago

      I suspect most who would benefit from the Chipr have no business carrying a lob wedge in their bags. Most of the people slagging the club in the comments here seem to lack an awareness of what the majority of the golfing public looks like on a golf course.

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      dcs

      1 year ago

      I have had difficulty chipping and short pitching for years. Recently I bought the Callaway chipper but found you have to “swing” way too hard with a putting stroke to get any close in distance vs. a 7 or 8 choked down. Have any of you found that same problem with Calloway’s chipper but can swing with less force with the Cleveland version? From the sound of some comments here that might be the case with Ping’s chipper since you say it is hot. Help please.

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