Finishing Your Pitch Shot

Finishing Your Pitch Shot

One of the problems that we see around the green a lot is that when someone is trying to pitch a ball over a target like my head cover out here, they take the swing back too far and then they decelerate coming to the ball. What happens is what we commonly call the chunk, where you hit behind it and the ball barely moves. What we want to do is not focus to the ball but rather through the ball. The way we can do this is by doing a little drill where we hold the finish position out here before you hit the ball. This is not just practice; you could do this on the golf course. Get out here, make your finish, hold your finish, and say that is where I am going, not to the ball, I am going to go through it. Another thing to help you is that you can put a ball behind your ball, so that you don’t take the club back to low approach it low and hit behind the ball or blade it. This ball behind it will make me come up in the air a little bit and descend to the ball rather than staying too low. Here we are, hold my finish, count to 10, go to the ball and think finish. Think finish on this shot. You see I went out to here on the finish, got the ball in the air and out to the target. That is a good tip for around the greens with the pitching clubs.

Category: Pitching
Sub-Category: Short Game, Follow-Through, Swing Drills
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

Dr. Gary Wiren was the PGA Teacher of the Year in 1987 and is also author of the PGA Teaching Manual. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #12 instructor in the world.


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