Here is a transcript of Richard’s Simple Bump and Run Chipping tutorial video:

“Today’s video is brought to you in collaboration with, a golf publication offering insight from top pros for the game of golf. Visit today to help fix your game. Hi, welcome back. My name is Richard Rice, and I’m the PGA Director of Instruction at Colonial Heritage Golf Club. In this video, we’re going to talk about the bump and run shot, when you should use it and why. We’ll also talk a little bit about technique as well. Stay tuned.”

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When and Why to Use the Bump and Run:
“Alright, so the bump and run is one of the most fundamental shots we can learn. I think it’s one of those shots you learn right in the beginning of golf, but I think it’s an important shot to maintain. It’s important, especially for the high handicapper, but I also think that the average player and the more skilled players should be efficient at the bump and run as well. So let’s talk about when and why to use the bump and run. You know, my philosophy has always been around the chipping green that we should try to get that ball down and rolling like a putt as quickly as possible. The more we take variables out of the game—hang time, wind direction, wind speed—all of that stuff, we can take that out of the equation by keeping that ball real low to the ground. So, whenever possible, I’m trying to keep my ball low and roll it towards the hole. That goes for chips and pitches of all shots around the green. So, from there, I think it depends on your skill as a player. If you’re a newer player and you struggle to get the ball airborne, we’re going to be playing lots of bumping runs. If you’re a more skilled player, I’m going to be talking about how I want you almost always trying to land the ball up on the green when possible. So, a shot like this, for example, where we’ve got not much green to work with, but a skilled player could probably spin a wedge up there and leave it close to the hole. The average player that I’m teaching, I’m saying, ‘Hey, go ahead and hit a bump and run. We’re gonna let it bounce through the fairway a little bit and get up on the green.’ You know, it may not be as accurate as the more skilled player flying their wedge up to the green, but it’s a safer shot. It’s gonna get us on the green more often and, for the average player, you’ll probably have a closer putt more often. So, let’s go ahead and hit this shot like we’re just trying to land it up in the fairway here and let it bounce up onto the green.”

“Right, so I ran it by the hole a little bit, but it’s a safe shot. I’ve got a putt for par. I guarantee if we practice that a little bit, we can hone in our distance control and try to work on feeling these bump and runs and how they react in the fairway. There we go, much better there.”

“So, basically, the bump and run depends on the situation and depends on your skill level as a player. So, again, my less talented players, higher handicappers, let’s try to take all the variables out whenever possible. Don’t be afraid to bump and run that ball up through the fairway. My higher skilled players, let’s do our best to try to land our ball up on the green more often than not. But we are going to find situations where we are hitting this bump and run up through the fairway, just like the higher handicap player.”

Different Techniques:
“So, with that said, I’d like to talk about two different techniques that I teach and we try to figure out which one works better for the player in general, and then maybe using each different technique situationally. Alright, the first technique is our standard bump and run shot. In this shot, we’re going to hold this club just like we hold all of our irons. We’re gonna grip it right through the fingers. Now, a big mistake I see is players playing that ball way back off the back foot. I don’t think we need to do that here. You know, we’re using a less lofted club. For me, it’s a pitching wedge. For you, it might be an eight or nine iron, but the loft of the club’s gonna keep the ball low for us. The farther back we play the ball, the more steeply we’re swinging down on it and the less room for error we have. So let’s go ahead and play that ball just back a center. We’re going to play it towards the back of our stance but not way off the back foot. From there, we’re using core rotation to hit this shot. So, I’m quite literally hitting the shot with my body. My hands and arms are kind of just along for the ride. So, I achieve that by taking my upper arms, you know, above the elbow, and I’m squeezing them into my rib cage here. When I do that, it connects my body and my arm so that when I turn my ribcage, my arms come with. All right, so nice simple technique. I am not using any wrist motion here. We’re not freely swinging the arms, per se. We are gluing those arms to the upper rib cage, turning the rib cage back and through to create this shot.”

Chip Putt Technique:
“Alright, so the second technique’s a really cool one. It’s called a chip putt. So basically, we’re going to hold and stroke our wedge or our eight iron or our nine iron like a putter here. So what I have to do is really adjust my setup to create this shot. Number one, I’m going to make sure that the heel of the club is up off the ground. So, I’m going to lift the handle way up in the air like this. Now, when I do that, I’d be reaching for the club, so I’m actually going to move in closer and I’m going to choke down on it. So, I’ve got this setup position here. Now, instead of running the club through the fingers, because this club’s so upright, I’m gonna go ahead and run it through the lifelines of my hands. It’s going right through the palm. In other words, I’m holding this just like I’d hold a putter. From there, I’m just stroking it like I’d be hitting a putt. Alright, so what this does is this softly bounces the ball up over some of the inconsistencies here in the fairway and gets it rolling onto the edge of the green. Now, this is going to come off much softer than our normal bump and run chip shot. So, this is a really soft feeling shot. In other words, I’m going to have to feel like I’m hitting this ball much harder to get it to go to my target. So, that’s going to look like this. Again, we’ve got the handle up in the air to get the heel up off the ground. Now I have to move closer and choke down, and I grip the club through my palms. Now, I’m just stroking it like a putt. So, you can see that one came up much softer. It really only took one hop up onto the green, and it just gives me another option to use, and it gives all of you more than one option to use out on the golf course.”

“Okay, so bottom line today is chipping is supposed to be one of the simplest parts of the game. Let’s work on keeping it simple. Let’s take out some of the variables. We’re going to use this bump and run shot whenever possible. Players of all skill levels should be proficient at the bump and run. So practice these two techniques. Let me know down in the comments below if you have any questions. Thanks, and have a great day.”