This is the Golf Pitching Shot Selection Lesson.This lesson is to give you a framework so that you can build creativity into your game. This framework is based around a very simple concept. Tossing a ball to a target. To understand this better, try this little test at home.
Did you notice how you changed the toss so that the second coin would fly higher? You used the same hand and arm to make the throw, but changed the length of the follow through to get the higher arc. You want to do the same for the pitch shot.
To get an even better understanding of this concept...try it at a golf course. The next time you are at a practice green try the same test...only with golf balls.
Golf ball toss test...
Again...did you notice how the arm swing finished higher for a higher flying shot, and lower for a lower flying shot? Please see Pitch Shot Trajectories Lesson for the technique to do this with a golf club. Right now we are going to talk about a framework of situations that can help you decide which height shot you will need to get your shot close to the hole.
You miss the green with you shot from the fairway and you have a straight forward pitch shot. Your ball is sitting either on the fairway or in light rough. You are about 10 yards from the green with nothing but grass in front of you. There is lots of room for the ball to roll on the green before it gets to the hole.
You put yourself in a tough spot by hitting your shot behind a sand trap. You have 10 yards to the green and 10 yards from the edge of the green to the hole. Your ball is sitting in the rough. You are going to need a higher and softer landing shot, but there is some room to roll the ball.
To hit this shot...
You have hit your ball into...well...jail. You have water, or a sand trap between your ball and the hole. You have 10 yards to the green, but only 5 yards (or less) from the edge of the green to the hole. There is no green space for the ball to roll. The commentators call this 'short siding' yourself. You are going to need a high trajectory shot that will land very softly, with little or no roll after it lands.
To hit this shot...
If you have a pitch shot and you are not sure which pitch shot to use...ask yourself...
“How would I under hand toss the ball to get it close to the hole?”The answer will tell how to hit the shot with your club.
Thank you for taking the Golf Pitching Shot Selection Lesson. The last lesson in the Golf Pitching Shot Series is the Pitch Shot Routine Lesson. It will help take all the pitch shot lessons and give you the best opportunity to use them on the course to hit great shots.
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