Golf Pitching: Why You Need It and How to Do It

By Christopher Toulson

Why the Pitch Shot is Important

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.

Fundamentals of the Shot

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.

Summary

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.


Category: Pitching

About the Instructor

Christopher Toulson
Christopher Toulson
Doral Golf Resort & Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 305-591-6409
Tel: 800-72-DORAL
Christopher Toulson has worked with the Jim McLean Golf School for the past 14 years. Currently located at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, he oversees all of Jim's golf schools nationwide and has taught hundreds of schools and lessons with Jim. He has been Golf Digest and Golf Magazine's top instructor in Florida since 2000 and is one of the top teaching and playing professionals in America.