The Basic Pitch

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The Basic Pitch
Category: Pitching
Sub-Category: Short Game, Address/Set-Up, Club Selection

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Video Golf Tip | The Basic Pitch

When you are close to the green and you can’t putt and you can’t chip, then it is time to pitch. When you pitch the most important thing is to realize that you use the sand wedge. The sand wedge is used by golf professionals all the time around the greens when they need to get the ball up an in the air and stop it quickly on the green. The sand wedge is your most lofted club and it also has a flange on the bottom that when used properly will actually give you a little bit of room for error. It will allow the golf club to slide a little bit underneath the golf ball. When you are pitching it is important that the clubface is at least a little bit open. You will vary the openness of the clubface depending on how high you want to hit the shot and how quickly you want it to stop, but it always needs to be at least a little bit open. The ball is more forward in your stance, with a chip shot remember the ball is back, but with a pitch shot you put the ball more forward in the stance. A little wider stance, I am letting out on the club, I do not want to choke down when I am playing a chip shot, I want to let out on the club a little bit. The most important thing to realize is that when you take the club back you want that clubface to open a little. The clubface should open a little as you go back and then slide underneath the golf ball as you come through. Even though it is a short shot there is still a little bit of body movement through the shot, it is important that you allow your body to turn through with the club. Open the face a little at address; open it in the backswing and just a little body as you come through. That ball will pitch right up in the air and stop on the green.

About the Instructor
Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300

Hank Haney is the instructor to PGA Tour Pros Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #4 instructor in the world.


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