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The Perfect Pitching Shot

A pitching shot in golf refers to a short approach shot typically played from around 30 to 100 yards away from the green. It requires precision and control to land the ball close to the pin. Here's a step-by-step guide on the correct technique for executing a pitching shot:

 

Select the Right Club: Choose a club with enough loft to get the ball airborne but not too much that it will overshoot the target. Generally, a pitching wedge, gap wedge, or sand wedge is suitable for this type of shot.

 

Setup: Position the ball slightly forward in your stance, typically around the center or just ahead of center. This promotes a slight descending strike on the ball, ensuring crisp contact.

Grip: Grip the club with your hands in a neutral position, neither too strong nor too weak. This allows for maximum control and feel.

 

Alignment: Align your body parallel to the target line. Ensure your feet, hips, and shoulders are all aligned correctly.

 




Swing: Keep your backswing short and controlled. Use your arms and shoulders to swing the club back, maintaining a smooth tempo. Avoid excessive wrist hinge, as this can lead to inconsistency.

 

Weight Transfer: Shift your weight slightly onto your front foot as you swing through the ball. This helps ensure a downward strike, crisp contact, and control.

 

Impact: Focus on making solid contact with the ball first, then the turf. Strike the ball with a descending blow, taking a small divot after the ball.

 

Follow-through: Complete your swing with a smooth follow-through. Allow the club to continue moving toward the target after impact, finishing in a balanced position.

 

Control Distance: Practice controlling the distance of your pitching shots by varying the length of your backswing rather than altering your swing speed. This helps maintain consistency in your technique.

 

Practice: Like any other golf shot, mastering the pitching shot requires practice. Spend time on the practice range working on your technique and distance control.

 

Remember, consistency is key in golf. Focus on developing a reliable technique and practicing regularly.




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