Self-Assessment Before High Pitch Shots

Self-Assessment Before High Pitch Shots

When we are off the green sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where we really have to take the ball up in the air and try to make it stop close to the pin in order to have a chance to make par or birdie. One of the things you have to be aware of is your own ability. If you are not confident in this shot then the best thing for you to do is to play that medium trajectory shot, aim for the middle of the green and know that you are going to have a putt from the side trying to two-putt and go to the next hole. Do not try to get too cute with a shot until you have the confidence to play it under pressure. We all experience pressure. Somebody has pressure when they are trying to win a tournament, other people have pressure when they are playing with people they are not comfortable with. So know your ability before you select a shot. If you are trying to hit a high shot you want to set up for it. I am going to try to hit this ball up in the air, it is not going to spin a lot, it is going to stop because of its trajectory. The higher up something goes the less it runs out. I would like to land this ball a little short of the pin and then it will just hop up next to it. When I make my swing I am going to make a very lazy swing, kind of a longer lazy swing that is really on an arc. If I rehearse a couple of times you will see what I mean. It is a very slow-paced shot. You can see how that ball went right up and hardly rolled at all. That happened because of the pace of my swing, the amount of my swing and how I set up. High shots are great and they can save you scores but they are a little risky so make sure you practice them before you play them out on the golf course.

Category: High Shots
Sub-Category: Short Game, Trajectory, Pitching
About the Instructor
Sandy LaBauve
Sandy LaBauve
Kierland Golf Club
15636 N. Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: 480-922-9283

Sandy LaBauve is one of the world's best beginner, junior and women's instructors. She is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and is Founder and Creative Consultant for the LPGA Junior Girls Golf Club.


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