While I was reviewing golf balls the other day, I found myself on the chipping green. The repetitive chipping one after another, reconnected me to one of my favorite tips for chipping.
I have seen on many many sites and in many articles, that you need to have about 60% of your weight on your front foot when you chip. If you have not heard that, I just saved you a bunch of time reading and viewing. But how best do you get 60% on your non-primary foot and maintain proper alignment and feel? To me that is the big question. What I do is setup and do my practice swings with 50%-50% weight distribution, and then just before I am ready to hit the ball, I shift my weight to my front foot and go.
Why this works for me. By waiting to shift my weight, I get the ball setup in the right place in my stance and make more or less normal balanced swings. When I do this setup and shift technique, I feel like I hit nice crisp chips, and rarely hit it fat or thin. It seems to give me that nice, slight downward strike that I look for and best of all, I can control the height of the shot by how much weight I shift left. More left shift for a low shot, less for a higher shot. However, once you get to 50-50 weight distribution go no further, because bad things happen when you get your weight on your back foot.