A great way to lower your score on the green is to know the air time versus ground time ratio for each of your clubs when you use them for chipping. Once you know the ratio, you will have more control over the distance that your chip shots travel with each club. Add the following approach to your practice game to help determine the ratio for each of your clubs, and subsequently help improve your chipping game.
Head out to the practice green and start with a few balls about two steps away from the fringe edge near the fairway; try to find as flat of an area on the green as you can. Pick a safe landing spot on the green two to three steps from the edge of the fringe and put a tee down to mark the spot. Head back to your starting spot (two steps away from the fringe edge near the fairway) and begin chipping balls onto the green, landing them as close to the tee you put down as possible. Start with a pitching wedge first. You will begin to see how far the ball rolls after it lands. To find the air time versus ground time ratio for each club, count the number of steps from where you are hitting to your landing spot. Then count the number of steps from the landing spot to where your ball ends up. For example, if you count six steps to get to the landing spot, then six more steps to where the ball ends up, the ratio for that club is one to one. Continue hitting shots from the same starting and landing spots, changing clubs each time and working your way down to your lowest iron. Write down the ratio for each club.
Next time you are out playing and have a similar shot on the green, walk off the number of steps from your hitting spot to the landing spot you will aim for on the green. Then count the steps from your prospective landing spot to where the cup is, calculate the ratio, and select the club that best fits that ratio. Now you have a strong estimate of the distance that the ball will travel, so line it up and send the ball to the hole—this will save you many shots around the green.