Pitching

When you are too far away from the target to play a Chip shot, but too close to play a Full shot, the Pitch shot is the in between swing that will reach your intended target. We can also use this shot when need to get the ball in the air quickly in order to avoid bunkers or other hazards.

 

You will see that this shot will spend a lot more time in the air than along the ground and when played correctly, will stop very quickly. This is also the next extension of the golf swing before we move into the Full swing/ shot. 

We can achieve 3 different distances when using this this particular technique by using the clock analogy in the picture to the right hand side. For example:

When swinging the club back, having your left arm in the 9 o'clock position, this will be the shortest distance, left arm in the 10 o'clock position will be the middle distance and finally having the left arm in the 11 o'clock position will give you the furthest distance.

The distances you achieve will depend on the individual, so don't worry if your distances differ to your playing partner. Your distances will also differ depending on the club you are using, for example, your LW will go a shorter distance compared to a PW.

Drill:

Pitch 9 balls from various areas around the green and using the 9, 10 and 11 o'clock method to note the distances between each swing length. If you find the ball travelling too short or too far, switch club and repeat the process. If you find it difficult to judge the distance, click the book lesson now button on the right hand side so that I can help!