Making the Pitch Shot your Escape Route


Just great, you hit a shot and missed the green only to be faced with a difficult 20 yard pitch shot. With all of the negative thoughts going through your head, you believe there is no way you are going to get that ball up and down for a one putt.

Before you mark it off that you won't be successful, use the same setup from chipping tips and by adjusting the swing, pivot, and ball position you will be on your way to pulling off the inevitable shot.



Here's How:

  • Ball position is towards the front of the stance in between the middle of the stance to left foot

  • Your stance should be no further than shoulder width apart, a turned narrow stance is preferred


The next step would be understanding how the pivot should work.


  • The shoulders, hips, and hands should all move in circles

  • The big key here is that all 3 have to move in same RPM or in rhythm with each other
  • If everything does not move in a circle and let's say for example that if the hips were to slide and not rotate then your shot is going to finish to the right


As you hit a few balls working with these 3 important parts moving in circles it is now time to talk about the height of shot that is desired.



If you're wanting a Medium Trajectory:

  • Ball placement is positioned in middle of stance
  • Shaft is either neutral or leaning a little towards target
  • Follow through should be normal with the hands feeling like they are still on the circle to where they finish just below your left shoulder
Pitch Setup Pitch Shot Top

Medium Trajectory Setup

Top of swing

Pitch Shot Finish Pitch Shot Elbows

Finish

Medium separation in elbows


For a High Trajectory and soft landing:

  • Ball placement is positioned towards front of stance, closer to left toe

  • Shaft is either neutral or leaning a little away from target

  • Follow through is same with hands going around circle but the space between your two elbows should start separating after impact
  • The wider the separation between the two elbows the higher and softer the shot will land
High Pitch Shot Setup High Pitch Shot Top

High Trajectory Setup

Top of swing

High Pitch Shot Finish High Pitch Shot Elbows

Finish

Wide separation between elbows


Once you have mastered the golf pitch shot you will then need to practice.

I highly advise following the same routine found here chipping practice and hit shots from positions that would qualify as pitch shots.

After you master the technique and the practice that goes along with it, those shots that you miss the green will now be looked upon as a fun way to show off in front of your playing partners.


If you feel you are ready to take your short game to another level then check out the flop shot.

To learn about how the bounce on your wedge can affect what shot you should choose from a variety of lies then be sure to check out the wedge bounce.




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