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WATCH: How to execute the “y-style” chipping technique



Top-100 instructor Tom Stickney of Punta Mita Golf Academy shows an easier way of chipping around the greens to get the ball rolling faster and ensure ball-first contact. Enjoy the video below, and hope this helps!

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ( He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 15 people in the world. Punta Mita is a 1500 acre Golf and Beach Resort located just 45 minuted from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses- with 14 holes directly on the water, a Golf Academy, four private Beach Clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as, multiple private Villas and Homesites available. For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, please email:



  1. ButchT

    Oct 23, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Good job, Tom.

  2. Tony Lynam

    Oct 22, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Dave Pelz teaches this for a basic chip technique when you are struggling. It helped me, but eventually I started to stab at the ball and went back to the Stricker and Day type chipping stroke.

  3. huh

    Oct 21, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Why is the title of this article upper case “Y-style” when it’s all about lower case “y-style” chipping???

  4. Michael Riechmann

    Oct 20, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    See you at the Gourmet and Golf.

  5. ed

    Oct 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Stinkney has dropped another pile of stinkney and then took off……

  6. ZQ

    Oct 20, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Medicore. Havent seen Tom write a meaningful article on wrx ever. Stricker/Jason Day is the way to chip and neutralize the hands, and you can use it from 10ft or 50 yards. Can change the spin/height with the follow through

  7. Roy

    Oct 20, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Chipping tip?? Just saw a video of top 3 polos and some online game…..

  8. allan

    Oct 20, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    A putting stroke has a light grip pressure. I would think you would need a rather tight hand grip to maintain the “y” chipping action.

    • ed

      Oct 21, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Article headline reads “Y-style”, while it’s about a “y-style” chipping technique…!

  9. larrybud

    Oct 20, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    To expand on this, take a driveway marker and stick it into the end of the shaft, and set up so the marker extends past your left side of your body.. Hit this shot so that the stick never makes contact with your body.

    Most people will set up as instructed, and proceed to “flip” it. If the you flip it, the stick will hit you.

  10. Jerry G

    Oct 20, 2018 at 11:43 am

    If you want to learn an easy, versatile method of chipping and pitching, see Stan Utley on youtube. The method above is very one dimensional – limiting

    • Jerry G

      Oct 20, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      Well, this chipping method is meant for 10 feet and in – so it is meant to be limiting. If you want more variety, see my initial comment above. I might not play it all the way off the back toe all the time – you can vary it a little – experimenting is fun.

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