TOUR TIPS

Hit more pre­cise pitch shots.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By Ly­dia Ko

“Don’t be afraid to fol­low through on short shots.”

If you want to be­come bet­ter at pitch­ing, my first piece of ad­vice is to put your ball in lots of sce­nar­ios when you prac­tice. Why hit 50 from the same spot when you get only one swing for each shot on the course?

Next, un­der­stand how your wedge is sup­posed to move through the grass. It’s sup­posed to glide, not dig. To get it to do that, feel like you’re let­ting the club­head strike the ball a split sec­ond be­fore the hands move over the top of its po­si­tion (small photo). That means keep your grip pres­sure light, and re­sist the urge to pre­vent the club­head from re­leas­ing in fear of hit­ting it too far. Keep the club mov­ing.

A great way to prac­tise this ac­tion is to pitch with your right hand only. It’s hard to stop the mo­men­tum of the club­head with only one hand. It will nat­u­rally glide along the turf and then ex­tend just left of your tar­get to com­plete the swing. Copy the feel of this re­lease pat­tern when you play and your pitch­ing will im­prove. Ly­dia Ko is No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rank­ings.

DIS­TANCE CON­TROL Don’t change the length of your swing to con­trol dis­tance. Just change grip length. For shorter shots, grip down.

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