Saving Your Par

Taking Your Game To The Next Level

Hitting good pitches shots shaves strokes off your score. It also helps lower your golf handicap. Good pitch shots can help you save par when your chances of doing so are slim. Players adept at hitting pitch shots can save hundreds of strokes over the course of a season. They also can record dozens of pars they might not have had otherwise—thanks to their ability to get up and down. If you want to take your game to the next level, master the pitch shot.

If you want to lower your par

But mastering the pitch shot is easier said than done. Pitches are unforgiving. There’s no room for error in accuracy or distance control. A pitch shot landing 10 to 20 feet from the hole doesn’t do much for you. To hit god pitches, you must know how to change shot trajectory to match your lie. Creating the right trajectory takes the guesswork out of hitting pitches. Eliminate the guesswork from hitting pitches and you’ll shave strokes off golf handicap.

Use Your Wrists
The key to controlling trajectory is in your wrists, as we tell students who take our golf lessons. You must use your wrists properly to match the lie at hand. If you fail to match shot trajectory to your lie, you’ll probably struggle getting short wedge shots close. So work on using your wrists to control height of your shot. Below are golf tips on how to use your wrists to hit high and low pitches:

When hitting a short wedge shot high,cup your left wrist on your downswing. This lifts the shot because it opens the clubface. For a guide look at the logo on your glove. You are holding it correctly if you can clearly see the logo  of your glove. A high pitch shot is used when you want to get out of a bunker or when there is little green to work with.

This shot is used when you have a lot of green to work with , or when the front of the green is open.

Ball Position Is Also Key

Ball position also helps you control shot trajectory. The further back you position the ball at address, the less loft you’ll get on your shot. The further forward you position the ball address, the more loft you’ll get on your pitches. Below is a drill we use in ou

golf instruction session to teach players how to vary shot trajectory by moving the ball back and forward at address.

You can play three shots while the ball is positioned off your heel of yor forward foot , while using your basic pitching stance. The next move is to play three shots with the ball positioned in the middle of your stance. The final move is to shoot three shots with the ball positioned off your back foot. You should use the same stance and swing for all shots. You have to practise this continually until you are certain you have all the different ball positions just right ,and you are sure of yourself when making shots from the three different positions.

One word of caution: Make sure your head remains stationary on all three shots. It will be behind the forward ball position and ahead of the back ball position. This may seem strange at first if you’re not used to playing the ball at different address positions, but you’ll get used to it.

You can shave strokes by making accurate pitch shots. But this is easier said than done.Varying the trajectory shot is extremely important , so learn to do it right. Remember a high trajectory is used when you have to overcome an obstacle, and have little green to work with. When you have a lot of green to work with or the green is open the low trajectory is the shot to employ.

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