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Pitching Basics – High or Low Shot

March 27 2013 Golfing Tips

Clubs needed: Pitching Wedge (46-48 degrees), Gap Wedge (50-52 degrees), Sand Wedge (54-56 degrees) or Lob Wedge (58-60 degrees)

  • Make club selection first based upon the lie of ball
  • Determine the actual yardage number to the hole and then what the “effective” yardage or “carry” you will need to play for based upon a high (less roll) or low (more roll) shot.
  • Decide if you need to go high (use Sand Wedge or Lob Wedge) or low (use Gap Wedge or Pitching Wedge)
  • Experiment with ball position – Back in stance for lower ball flight with run – Center of stance for normal trajectory – Forward in stance for higher ball flight with less run

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Use towels or clubs as targets on the pitching green. Place towels/irons out on the pitching green at different yardages 20, 30 and 40 yards etc. I prefer to use towels so I don’t have to worry about my golf balls banging into the clubs on the green. Try to hit pitch shots that land on the towels and take note of how far they roll once they land on the towel.

Use ball buckets or pitching nets and play a points game starting at 20 yards.  You must be able to hole out at least 1 out of every 10 shots before you can move on to another distance like your 40 yard pitch etc.

The better you get the more difficult you make it for yourself.  Instead of just 1 shot now you must do 2 out of 10 etc…until you are at a good percentage like 50% or better.

Drop balls randomly around the pitching green and try to get up and down from all the different lies.  Don’t hit from the same area twice keep changing your lies and yardages just like when you’re playing.  You never get the exact same putt, chip or pitch more than once during a round so don’t practice like you do!

© 2017 Christine M Reuss