Elbow Position on Pitch Shots

Elbow Position on Pitch Shots

I want to show you a move that is very important for all short-game shots. I am here with my daughter Lindy and she is going to hit a couple of pitches for us. This would be a typical pitch shot if you had to pitch it over a bunker and onto a green. I want you to watch as she hits balls how the left arm as she goes through, notice how the left elbow bends as she finishes her swing. It is very important. It is straight on the backswing but when she finishes you can see the left elbow is a little bent. There are a lot of people that try to keep the left arm straight all through the golf shot. If you do it really shoves the left shoulder up in the air or it makes you flip with your hands as you go through, and you can see how passive her hands are when she hits this shot. So a little practice swing for me. You notice that her right elbow folds as she goes back and her left elbow folds as she comes through, and the right arm and the club get very extended on the through swing. She hits very nice pitches, when you do this technique you can really get the bounce of the club skidding along the grass, just kind of slides along the grass and gives you a nice lofted shot. So when you pitch be sure to bend your left elbow as you reach the forward side of your swing. You will be much more consistent. Your hands will be much more passive and quite and you will have a lot better distance control with your golf ball. Thank you, Lindy.

Category: Pitching
Sub-Category: Arms, Hands, Follow-Through
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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