Golf Lessons: Pitching Washington DC

Golfers who are confused about the amount of body action normally associated with a pitch shot can learn from the simple mental image of pitching horseshoes. During this underhanded motion, the arms and body work together in response to the target. The body parts don’t need to be consciously controlled; rather they should react naturally to the command of pitching the horseshoe based on what the eyes see as a target.

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Here's the Pitch

Here's The Pitch

Here's The Pitch Golfers who are confused about the amount of body action normally associated with a pitch shot can learn from the simple mental image of pitching horseshoes. During this underhanded motion, the arms and body work together in response to the target. The body parts don’t need to be consciously controlled; rather they should react naturally to the command of pitching the horseshoe based on what the eyes see as a target.

When pitching the ball onto the front edge of the green, imagine the landing area as the stake in a game of horseshoes. To execute the shot, use an underhanded pitching motion like you would to throw a ringer around the stake. By simply allowing your body to respond naturally to the target, your distance control and accuracy are sure to improve.

Rick DePamphilis, a PGA Master professional, has published over 50 instruction articles in eight different publications in his career. He’s currently director of instruction at Sun ’N Air Golf Learning Center in Danvers, Mass.

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On-Path Pitching

On-Path Pitching

A 10-foot piece of string is all you need to get your pitching on target.

One of the keys to accurate pitching is getting the clubhead moving consistently down the target line. A great way to practice this is to take a 10-foot piece of string and stretch it out directly on the target line of a pitch shot. Anchor each end firmly in the ground with a tee, and place a ball just on the inside of the string. Concentrate on keeping the clubhead (the end of the shaft) aiming at the target line or parallel to it throughout the backswing and downswing. Through impact, it’s critical to keep the end of the shaft moving down the line, with your thumbs pointing at the target line all the way.

Glenn Deck, PGA, is the Director of Instruction at Pelican Hill G.C. in Newport Beach, Calif.

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A 10-foot piece of string is all you need to get your pitching on target. Try to keep your thumbs on the target line.
Place a tee in the butt end of the grip and try to keep the tee pointing at the target line as you move into the finish.


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Pitch Right!

Pitch Right!

How to improve your chipping in two minutes' time

pitch right If you want to control your shots more effectively around the greens, the best thing you can do is set up with a narrow stance and always remember to keep the shaft leaning toward the target. Since it’s a chip shot, you don’t have to worry about releasing the club; instead, you want to hold the face square to ensure optimal directional control. This setup position also helps to avoid flubbed chipped shots—one of the most embarrassing and avoidable shots in golf.

Use your left arm as a guide for how much lean is needed, and remember to keep the clubface square to the target. In the illustration, notice how my shaft and left arm form a straight line. That’s all the lean you need. Any more, and you might top it. Any less, and you’ll lose consistency. During the stroke, maintain this forward-shaft lean position. You’ll see how easy it is to hit straight and accurate chips more often.

To chip with consistency, remember to keep your hands ahead of the golf ball. This will help you control trajectory and spin on shots around the green.

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