Sign up for our daily newsletter

Latest news, reviews, analysis and opinion, plus unmissable deals for bunkered subscriptions, events, and our commercial partners.

Whatever you think of Phil Mickelson, leave it to one side and let him help your chipping.

That’s the message the six-time major champion had for his Twitter followers this week, as he took to the short game area to pass on some knowledge.

Mickelson, dressed in some of his LIV Golf HyFlyers team merch, a pair of sandals and his trademark sunglasses, explained how the shoulders are important when it comes to hitting solid chips.

• Master the long bunker shot

The left-hander explains some of the tips he’s dished out before, but then goes deep on how shoulder movement, or lack of it, can be killer around the greens.

“There’s one little thing I’d like to add that may help and that is this,” Mickelson explained.

“Much like the full swing, if you don’t turn your shoulders, you’re not able to get the club out in front on a good path. If you just tilt and stop your turn, there’s nothing to allow you to go through and you’re fighting to get the club to go through.

• Emily Pedersen’s four keys to longer drives

“But, if you turn your shoulders, now the club can get out in front and get right on path.

“The same thing is true in chipping. If we just take it back and we don’t get any turn in our shoulders, the club wants to go through and it comes in very steep and it’s hard to find the bottom of the arc and make solid contact.

“What I like to do is really focus on getting my shoulders to start the turn. Even though I’m breaking my wrists and so forth and getting my hands ahead, if I can just turn my shoulders the first move, now it’s very easy to go through and into the finish.”

• Fix your driver slice with this elbow move

• Are you standing too far away from the ball?

Got all that? Basically, what Phil is getting at is that if you don’t move your shoulders when you’re chipping, you’re going to struggle.

Even though you might just want to move your ball a short distance, if you get stagnant over the shot, there’s a good chance your ball won’t move at all.

Love him or loathe him, Phil does know what he’s talking about when it comes to short game.

author headshot

Lewis Fraser As bunkered’s Performance Editor, Lewis oversees the content that’s designed to make you a better player. From the latest gear to tuition, nutrition, strategy and more, he’s the man. A graduate of the University of Stirling, Lewis joined bunkered in 2021. Formerly a caddie at Castle Stuart Golf Links, he is a member of Bathgate Golf Club where he plays off four.

Performance Editor

More Reads

Image Turnberry green

The bunkered Golf Course Guide - Scotland

Now, with bunkered, you can discover the golf courses Scotland has to offer. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.

Find Courses