Distance control is one of the most important aspects of chipping.
When you are able to control the distance of your chip shots reliably you can act confidently around the green.
Take a couple of your clubs, maybe five to six, and place them evenly spaced on the green, but keep your chipping gear (wedges and irons).
The space should be fairly wide, something like 12 feet apart. It should look somewhat like a ladder. Hence the name ladder drill.
Now place yourself outside of the green and start chipping into the spaces. The important part with this drill is not where the ball ends up at the end, but where it lands first.
Start hitting into the first field of your ladder.
When you have hit it move your ladder up and down again at least 2 times.
Then repeat the process with a different club and a different distance. Try to control your distance with your swing.
This way you will get a feeling for your clubs and distance around the green quite fast. Experiment with your ladder and different layouts.
You can even lay out some kind of hopscotch. Actually you can even play hopscotch with a friend or alone. First throw a ball into the desired field, then chip into it.
- Lay out some of your clubs evenly spaced on the green.
- Chip into the spaces starting with the nearest.
- When you hit your target move up the ladder (and down again).
- Try playing hopscotch golf with your friends.