Pitch Shot Drill

Pitching Drill for a Consistent Ball Strike
How to Hit Pitch Shots – Part 4

This pitching drill and quick tip will help prevent fluffed pitch shots. It stops you from decelerating through the ball and promotes a solid, crisp strike.

Decelerating through the ball is a common issue and I think it often occurs because the backswing becomes too long…

From a long backswing you can feel like you have too much power and that you’re going to fly the ball through the back of the green – especially if you catch it a bit thin.

You unconsciously decelerate during the downswing to try and compensate but because the club head is quite heavy, it overtakes the hands causing a scooping action. The result? A fat or thin contact.

The solution is to take a shorter backswing and focus on really accelerating through the ball, as I explain in the video below:

Golf Pitching Drill – Video Summary

  • Use a shorter backswing when you hit pitch shotsKeep your backswing relatively compact and short – less than you think you need for the distance of the shot.

  • Be sure to accelerate when you hit pitch shotsReally accelerate through the ball to generate the correct power and distance for the shot.

  • Make sure that the follow through is longer than the backswing when you hit pitch shotsA good rule of thumb is a one third backswing, two thirds follow through (i.e. so your follow through is twice the length of your backswing).


Please also see the Chipping Tips Section for related lessons and drills

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