If your scores haven’t been improving this season, then maybe it is time to step up the practice around the greens. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting tips and drills to help you improve your short game.
When I talk about practicing within 100 yards, I am referring to any pitch shot from about 30 to 100 yards that requires less than a full swing with a wedge or sand wedge.
The first thing is that we should we the very basics about Pitching. Here are some Key Thoughts:
- The length of your shot determines the length of the swing. This is where feel is very important.
- Narrow stance to stabilize lower body. You don’t want a lot of weight shift on the backswing. Think of a pitch as a one axis swing.
- You can open your stance, but keep your shoulders square, you still want to hit the inside of the ball.
- Wrist Action is Key…The club must work up, so you need to hinge your wrists as you start the backswing.
- Hands ahead at impact.
- Even though this is no weight shift on backswing you need a little on the downswing and follow-through.
- Your backswing and downswing will not necessarily be the same length.
- Experiment with ball position and clubface angle. Different ball position, different trajectory.
- Think Ernie Els rhythm when you pitch.
- You can’t practice this enough!
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