Three Basic Pitch Trajectories

Three Basic Pitch Trajectories

I want to show you three basic pitch shots that you might play around the green. You need these to be a really good player and also to be consistent you basically want to make the same motion. I do not need anything different for these different trajectory shots. When I say the same motion, in the one-plane swing, I am actually moving my arms around my body. Left arm straight on backswing, right arms straight on through-swing. Right arm folded on the backswing, left arm folded on the through-swing. To play the different shots all I am going to do is set up my club a little bit different. If I want to play a low shot I need to make contact with the shaft slightly forward. If I want to play a medium shot it will be with the shaft upright and a high shot would actually have the shaft leaning back slightly, but I am going to use my same motion. Here we go. For the low shot the ball will be a little bit further back, the hands a little bit forward, right arm fold, left arm fold, ball takes off on a lower trajectory. For the medium shot I will put the ball a little more neutral, shaft a little bit more straight up and down, right arm fold, left arm fold, same motion. For the high shot, nothing different except that clubface and that shaft slightly leaning back which means I have to get back over here to line the shaft up with the middle of my body. Now the same motion, right arm bent, left arm bent to hit your high loft. So with one consistent arm motion, as a matter of fact that arm motion helps keep the loft of the club constant, with that one arm motion you can play three different shots, low, medium and high, to fit the situation. Give it a try, you will have more shots to fit the situation.

Category: Pitching
Sub-Category: Arms, Swing Plane, Trajectory
About the Instructor
Mike LaBauve
Mike LaBauve
Kierland Golf Club
15636 N. Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: 480-922-9283

Mike LaBauve is one of the world's greatest short game instructors and teacher to LPGA phenom Grace Park. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #31 instructor in the world.


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