A Simple Trick to Control the Distance of Your Chips and Pitches

By Gary Wiren

Getting your pitching distance around the green is pretty darn important, so I have made a little setup here with my Mizuno head covers at 10, 20 and 30 yards to give you an idea for how you might be able to get a system to help you get the ball to go the right distance.

How to Dial for Distance

I call this dialing for distance, I just take my little dial on top of the club and I set the dial to 10 because that first marker is 10 yards away and that is where I would like the ball to finish.

  • So I take the club back, 10 allows me to take the club back right to here, and I will take it back to that point and let the club go through and hit. Alright, that is the 10; now let's get to the 20.
  • What do I do? I have to dial it up to 20, which allows me to take the club back to here, a little further than the 10. With the club back to there I make my swing and through to there we have a nice little 20 yard shot. There we are.
  • Now to get it to 30 we simply go back to the dial, turn it up to 30, which now allows us to take the club back to here, almost waist height with this particular club, a 60 degree wedge. Alright, 30 is back to there, swing the club through with the left side, and there we have a 30.

So where do you get these dial clubs? Well that is just for fun. The idea is in the dialing concept is that the distance you take the club back is what controls how far the ball goes. You practice out here, you put head covers out in front of you, and you practice swinging back saying how far to 10, how far to 20, how far to 30. That is how you get the idea of being able to have the feel to hit these little shots around the green.


Category: Distance
Sub Categories: Backswing, Practice

About the Instructor

Gary Wiren
Gary Wiren
Trump International Golf Club
3505 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL. 33406
Tel: 800-FOR-GARY
Tel: 800-367-4267