Pitch shots made easy.
Little pitch shots, like the one above, drive golfers nuts. First off, they use too much loft.The more loft you have, the bigger swing you need.And more swing means more things can go wrong. So unless you have no green to work with, keep your lob wedge in the bag. Second issue: Most golfers don’t trust the loft they have, so they try to add more at impact. They flick their wrists, dip down, rock onto the back foot . . . I think you see where I’m going here. Let’s give you a simple plan for hitting the basic pitch. Take a narrow stance, with the ball about middle, and favour your front foot (1). Lean the shaft a touch towards the target, and keep your grip pressure light. Swing straight back, and let your wrists hinge with the momentum (2). Don’t add hinge, and don’t let the club sweep inside – both lead to fat shots. Swing down and through the grass. A good trigger to start the downswing is to softly shift your knees forward.The clubhead should stay low after impact (3).
Keep turning so you face the target. Your arms should be soft and your weight on your front foot (4). Now go make the putt. Butch Harmon is a Golf Digest Teaching Professional.