- Take a gap, sand or lob wedge and assume your normal setup, with the feet 6-8 inches apart.
- Play the ball in the middle of your stance or slightly forward.
- As you swing through, keep the back of the left hand pointing at the target.
- Finish with the clubface facing up. Your left elbow should not fold against the body on the follow-through.
Everyone loves watching pro golfers hit delicate pitch shots that stop on a dime. Here’s a little secret: It’s not that difficult.
First, you need a tour-level ball that will spin enough to execute the shot. If you’re hitting a ball geared strictly for distance, you’ve got no chance to pull off the checking pitch shot.
If you’re playing the right ball, the key is to prevent the right hand from crossing the left through impact. A full release takes backspin off the shot, causing it to roll. To make your pitch shots check:
The ball will hop forward after landing, then stop quickly on the second bounce. You’ll enjoy the results, and get a real rush from executing a shot just like a tour pro.