PITCH IT WITH SPIN

Golf Australia - - IN MY OPINION -

The “one stop and hop” pitch is a di cult shot to ex­e­cute – prob­a­bly one of the hard­est – but it’s one of my favourites, es­pe­cially when play­ing a links course. And it will help you set up more birdie chances on par-5s and shorter par-4s. When­ever I’m faced with a half pitch to a tight pin and/or a su­per-fast green, this is my go-to shot be­cause it’s the eas­i­est to con­trol the dis­tance. The prob­lem is that it goes against con­ven­tion and how you might ex­pect to play it. But if you can fight your nat­u­ral in­stincts and set-up like so, you’ll breathe new life into your short game and ap­proach those awk­ward, in-be­tween shots with con­fi­dence.

step 1

Us­ing a high lofted wedge – mine is 60° – take a nar­row stance, ball in the cen­tre, and stand square to the tar­get with your weight for­ward and the club­face slightly open. This will au­to­mat­i­cally pro­mote a de­scend­ing an­gle of at­tack – the key to gen­er­at­ing spin.

step 2

Make a half swing by hing­ing the wrists to the max and then un­wind by feel­ing like you’re cut­ting low and across the ball – al­most mim­ick­ing a cut shot. To max­imise spin, keep the club­head low to the ground for as long as pos­si­ble af­ter im­pact.

For a lower tra­jec­tory, fin­ish with the left wrist point­ing at the tar­get.

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