How to Make a Good Pitch Shot: Golf Practice Drills
A useful technique during any golf game is the ability to hit a shot where the ball goes high and doesn’t roll too much when it lands. The pitch shot is for getting your ball on the green from a medium distance (not to be confused with the chip shot which is for short distances). Less bounce, and almost no rolling are the two outcomes that characterize this shot. Here are some drills on how to perfect it.
Let the clubface angle work for you
Your arms shouldn’t be allowed too much flex when hitting a pitch shot. The hard part here is allowing your club to do most of the work, without too much manipulation on your part. Keep your arms tight to your body and maintain straight wrists too. If you have trouble getting your body used to this drill, take two spare balls and place one under each respective armpit. If done correctly, both balls should remain in place as opposed to falling out from under your armpits. It’s a good way to expose any mistakes you may be making during the swing.
Similar stance to chipping
Keep your feet close together and push your grip a little bit forward. You want to picture a stiff nutcracker soldier when making this shot, as stiffness is key to getting that high bounce off the clubface you so eagerly desire.
Shift your weight to the left foot
A big mistake often made is keeping too much weigh balanced between your two feet. Most of your weight should shift to the left foot as the swing progresses. If this feels awkward, you may want to address your initial stance. Remember that your legs are close together and your arms tight to the side; now combine that with a swing that ends with most of your weight on the left foot and your shot should turn out right. If not, keep practicing until you find a technique that works for you.
Ball before ground
When a pitch shot is executed correctly, the clubface will connect with the ball just before it skims the ground. This is one of the main factors that make this shot so different from regular iron shots. Instead of skimming the green before the ball, the ball should actually be the first thing the clubface touches. This is done by bringing the club down at a sharp angle, and thereby executing the high bounce needed to attain great heights.