Golf: Tips On Hitting A Good Pitch Shot

This article gives an introduction to the pitch golf shot, why it is so tricky and provides some hopefully useful hints as to how you can improve it. This should not be considered gospel, it is merely what I have picked up talking to other players and the odd pro over several years schlepping around rain lashed links.

Pitch shots are difficult, they need a lot of touch and feel. The problem is that they are longer than chip shots so you need a longer swing. This immediately makes things trickier as you also need to work out how fast the head of the club needs to be moving on contact with the golf ball. Pitching requires a lot of experience because you always need to shorten or lengthen the swing by just the right amount each time. It is not a case of using your normal full swing each time just with a different club to create the proper distance.

The stance is the same as for the chip shot, that is a narrow, twelve inch stance with your left foot back from the target line and most of your weight through your left side. Your shoulders should also be aligned parallel with your toe-line. Now you have to work on using a shorter swing. What you want to do is rotate your hands, wrists and forearms but keep everything else perfectly still. Bring the club back until it is horizontal and your wrist is cocked. Your forward swing is an exact replica of the back swing, just using your hands and wrists, keeping the left hand where it is, let the club swing through, make contact with the ball and then follow through until it is horizontal again.

Where the ball lands after you hit this shot is your point of reference from where you can adjust as required to make shorter or longer pitches. The key is to keep the same motion with the wrists and hands to raise the club, cock the wrist and release the club through the contact point and on into the follow through.

The most common problem that causes poor pitches is a too slow back swing. It throws the rhythm all to cock and you end up having to compensate by unnaturally accelerating the club into the contact point. This will result in either a massively over hit shot or a shot that just goes no where. The key is to relax, take a few deep breaths and try to release any tension in your hands. If you are tense you have no chance of achieving the delicate feel you need for the pitch shot.

Focus on getting the ball down onto your landing spot and allowing it to roll. It probably will not roll as far as with a chip as the loft will hopefully be higher but the process is exactly the same, you want the golf ball safely back on terra firma as soon as possible.

Hopefully this has been a useful introduction to the pitch shot and makes you keen to go out and put some of the ideas into practice at your local course.

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Patrick Attlee has many interests and enjoys writing about them online when he is not playing golf. His latest writings are on the amazing visco elastic foam mattress and he has just taken delivery of his very own, luxurious queen memory foam mattress