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Short Game - Shot Selection

When should you chip it and when should you pitch the golf ball?

Tip: Always run the ball if you can!  But why?

Easiest to visualise, judge and estimateGolf Shot Selection Options Chip or Pitch

  • Most straightforward shot to play
  • Easiest to execute technically
  • The shot has less spin on the ball and is therefore more predictable
  • You generally use a 7, 8 or 9 iron which are easy to control
  • Mishits are likely to be punished less and will at least finish somewhere near the flag

And why the above?

  1. Shorter swing
  2. Less club head speed
  3. We are only trying to land the ball on the green just in front of us
  4. Usually played with a hazard/danger between the ball and the flag


Why Pitch?

Because there is a hazard/danger (water, bunker, tree, bush, mound, hollow, rough, elevated green between the ball and the flag.

Golf Shot Selection Options Pitch shot or chip shot













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