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Short Game - How to Play a Pitch Shot

The Pitch Shot

How to play a classic pitch shot which is a high shot with limited roll:

At Address

  • Shoulder square or slightly Open (left)
  • Centre of chest over ball
  • Heels 9-12 inches apart
  • Ball forward of centre
  • Shaft points to left armpit
  • Hands ahead of the ball
  • Grip down the club
  • Feet and Hips aimed slightly Open (left)

Do - Mentally focus on the pace and balance of your swing
Don’t - freeze over the club - try a few waggles if it helps

How to play the pitch shot address position


  • The wrists set the club upward
  • Hips may rotate slightly
  • Take club head inside and up on a natural path and plane
  • Maintain your posture at address
  • Hands between 9 -11 O’Clock
  • Upper body rotates freely in line with the arms and hand action
  • Limited  lower body action

Do - allow your upper body to rotate and turn in harmony with the movement of your hands and arms.
Don’t - pick the club straight up during the takeaway.

How to play the pitch shot backswing position


  • Smooth transition down
  • Keep your head still
  • Body retains the posture and angles set at address
  • The lower body is relatively passive
  • Triangle is similar to that at address
  • Ball should feel like it’s been “gathered” not “hit”.
  • Hands and arms work in harmony with the body unwinding
  • At impact hands may be a little forward than address
  • Weight moves towards front foot as body unwinds

Do - Keep turning your upper body back through impact
Don’t - try to help the ball into the air

How to play the pitch shot impact position


  • Controlled balanced finish
  • The lower body is relatively passive
  • Upper body will face the target
  • Follow-through length similar to backswing
  • Triangle of arms, hands and club shaft in front of chest
  • Weight favours front foot

Do - Stay balanced and watch the ball as it lands and rolls
Don’t - Let the follow-through get too long

How to play the pitch shot follow through or finish position

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