PITCH IT WITH SPIN
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.
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.
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.