How to Hit Softer Pitches

By Steve Silverman

Golf Course overview
Most golfers begin to improve when they develop a dependable short game. In addition to putting, golfers need to work on their pitching. You want to get the ball on the green when in close, and you also want to get it close to the flag by hitting softer pitches.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  1. Strike the ball with your pitching wedge when you're 90 to 100 yards away. Don't baby your swing. Take the club back with a full turn and bring your hips through the hitting zone. Follow through fully. If you bring the club head all the way through the hitting zone and follow through high, you'll get backspin when the ball lands and it will stay near the hole.
  2. Use your gap wedge when you're 60 to 75 yards from the hole. The gap wedge has more loft than the pitching wedge, and the ball will go higher and land softer. If you're 60 or more yards away, you can take a full swing in order to get your ball near the hole. Finish high to create backspin.
  3. Take your lob wedge when you're less than 50 yards from the hole. The lob wedge has a loft of about 60 degrees and will create a very high spin rate when it hits the ball. This will keep the ball on target and stop almost instantly after landing on the green.
  4. Always follow through with a high finish when using any of your pitching wedges. The high finish will help you stop your ball after it lands.
  5. Practice with all of your wedges at the driving range. You can't get the soft shot you want until you're familiar with the club. The best way to do that is to hit 10 shots with your pitching wedge, 10 shots with your gap wedge and 10 shots with your lob wedge.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.