I have been watching good chippers and bad chippers at the practice green for a few months now and I have noticed one major difference.
On chippers/pitchers who show a level of competency, the elbow on the rear arm passes the sternum/belly button. Almost as if you were tossing a ball across your body into a basket to your left with your right hand (to your right with your left hand if you are left handed).
All bad chippers at all skill levels don’t do this. High handicappers and beginners often don’t have any turn and scoop and/or help the ball in the air as well.
Better golfers that struggle to chip have their rear arm crash into their body and never get the club to the ball. Some of this can be attributed to those making way too much of an effort to stay connected.
Think this is techno mumbo jumbo? It’s not. Go to the chipping green and try it. Make a nice smooth chipping motion and make sure as you are coming through impact your rear elbow passes your sternum/belly button.
Within 3-5 shots as you get the feel of doing that and hitting down and through the ball, you are going to be amazed how crisply you strike your shots around the green.