By simply adding in a few golf specific exercises and refining your pitching technique, you can improve your feel around the greens.
The trick to pitching is controlling the distance you hit each shot and you’ll want to do this with the rotation of your body, not by flipping the clubhead with your hands. Here is the technique:
1. 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.
2. Open your stance, but keep your shoulders square, you still want to hit the inside of the ball.
3. Lean the shaft forward towards the target at address position.
4. Wrist Action is Key…The club must work up, so you need to hinge your wrists as you start the backswing.
5. Even though this is no weight shift on backswing you need a little on the downswing and follow-through. You need to rotate your body.
6. Hands ahead at impact.
7. Your backswing and downswing will not necessarily be the same length.
8. Experiment with the ball position and clubface angle-try different ball positions and open and close the face for different trajectories.
To improve your body rotation, add these golf-specific exercises into your daily routine. These exercises will strengthen your core to not only protect your back but improve your short game.
Do each exercise for 10 repetitions on each side. Repeat up to 3 times. To learn how to do these exercises, check out my live online webcam classes.
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