Answered 'hopeful' because I always feel hopeful, every shot, not just chips. Usually proves to be an overly optimistic feeling, but still, I gotta stay positive to have any chance. Chips, drives, putts, approaches, recoveries ... same-o same-o.
I have become excited. I have been working on my short game with my coach a lot over the last year and the work has paid off. Couple that with a some RTX ZipCores and some Recoil Wedge Proto shafts and I’m pretty happy with where I am at currently.
Back in the day I would have answered "excited", but I went with hopeful now. I'm a much better chipper than pitcher of the ball, and I use anything from a 2H to a sand wedge depending on the type of shot called for. I like to get the ball on the green and running ASAP. I especially love my 8 iron for this. Way back in the day, when my irons stopped at 9, I accidentally broke my 9 iron. I was young and too poor to get it reshafted, so I had to use my 8 around the green. I got real good with it! Taught me a little imagination as well.