I’m going to give everybody today a tip on pitching the ball. We feel at our school that this is really important for two reasons. First, for most amateur golfers, virtually every hole they are going to be faced with a version of the pitch shot, whether it is 10 yards, 20 yards or 30 yards. Second, the pitch shot is really focusing on the area of the swing that is most important, from waist high to waist high, what we call the hitting zone. So if you improve your pitching there is an excellent chance you will improve your overall ball striking. Here are the basics of a pitch. Your stance is narrower, the ball is played in the middle and your weight favors your left leg. On the backswing you are going to leave your weight on your left side and then, what I feel is the most important thing, to bring the club through you need to use your body…your midsection. So many of the golfers we see hitting pitch shots are not using their body and just hitting at it with their hands and actually just using their arms. So to hit the shot: feet close; ball centered; weight left, and use your body coming through. I would encourage you that for each practice session devote at least five or 10 minutes to improving your pitching and I guarantee you your game will improve.