The short pitch is one of the game’s most important shots and—for the average golfer—it will occur on nearly every hole. That’s why perfecting your pitch improves your scores. To achieve more precise pitching, follow these two easy-to-follow steps…
- Correct Your Positioning: Your stance should be slightly narrower than that for a full swing, with 60% of your body weight on the target side foot. Your hands should be slightly ahead of the ball, which sits in the center of your stance. All of these elements work together to help you strike the ball with a slight downward decent to improve your ball striking consistency.
- Perfect Your Distance Control: This all begins with a consistent tempo that delivers a symmetrical back-to-front swing. (For example, a swing that travels back to the 8:00 position should advance forward to the 4:00 position, 9:00 follows through to 3:00 and 10:00 goes to 2:00. Figure A illustrates this concept.) By matching the length of your forward and back swings, you’ll achieve a standard distance for each length swing. Of course, club selection also plays a critical role in distance control. When choosing a club, consider turf conditions and distance from the flag. The most commonly used clubs for pitching are an approach wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge…so select wisely!
Good luck with your short game. I hope to play with you soon here at Kingsmill!
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