Pitch Shot Distance Control

How to Pitch It Close
How to Hit Pitch Shots – Part 2

So in part 1 we looked at proper set up and how that will improve your pitching technique on the golf course.

We also covered some set up adjustments to help you gain better control over your pitch shot distances (which is what pitching is really all about)…

In this lesson, we’ll take a closer look at distance control for pitch shots.

Pitching and chipping, especially when it comes to distance control, is said to be very much down to feel and finesse. Unfortunately, developing a high degree of feel can take years of practice. But I’d like to show you how to shortcut that learning curve somewhat by taking a more structured approach to your pitch shots…

Pitching Technique & Distance Control Summary

Developing the right amount of feel to control distance can take a lot of practice time. To short cut the amount of time you need to develop distance control, complete the following exercise:

  • Use three wedges in order to control the distance of your pitch shotsTake 3 lofted clubs to the practice range – perhaps a gap wedge, sand wedge and a lob wedge.

  • Grip the club a little lower on the grip, normal stance and normal swing for a full pitch shotTake the most lofted club and hit 10 full shots (club parallel to ground behind your head). However, grip down the club slightly and take a slightly narrower stance than you normally would for a full shot. Pace out the average distance of those 10 shots.

  • Grip the club a little lower on the grip, narrower stance and shorter swing for a three quarter pitch shotNow hit 10 more pitch shots this time only taking the club back until your arms are parallel to the ground and pace out the average distance. Remember to also grip further down the club and take a narrower stance.

  • Grip the club a lower on the grip, narrow stance and shorter swing for a half swing pitch shotFinally, hit 10 pitch shots with a short backswing – only until the hands are at hips level (or clubhead at head level). You should be gripping right down the club with the narrowest stance. Pace out the average distance of those 10 shots.

  • Find your three distances (full, three-quarter, half pitch shots) for the gap and sand wedgeRepeat this for the other two clubs.

  • Find your three distance for each of your three wedges and swing lengthsYou should now have 9 distances fairly evenly spaced apart. Memorise these or write them on a piece of paper that you can easily refer to in your golf bag.

  • On the golf course, judge how far your target is and recall what club and what length of backswing is closest. Make a few practice swings of that length and go ahead and hit the shot.

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

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