The average amateur golfer with a score of 90 strokes will hit around three or four greens in regulation. Even the pro’s shooting a level par round with only achieve 12 out of 18 greens in regulation. This means having a solid pitching technique is essential for you to get ‘up and down’ and save par. In this article we will give you a some practical advice on a perfect pitching technique that you can take out on the course with you.
Many of the golf professionals use a gearing technique to control the distance of their pitches. This gearing technique means that when they are faced with a 50 yard shot to the green they automatically know which club to hit and how hard. Enabling them to get closer to the hole and sink the putt.
What is the gearing technique?
What we want you to imagine a clock face, with you standing at 12 o’clock . Gear 1 is your backswing going back to 9 o’clock (for a right handed golfer), or a half backswing. Gear 2 is 11 o’clock or a three quarter back swing, and finally Gear 3 is 1 o’clock or a full backswing. This will give you three shots to choose from when faced with a pitch shot. Either gear 1,2,or 3.
Next we want you to practice these three gears with your LBW, SW, PW, 9 Iron, 8 Iron and 7 Iron. This will now give you 18 pitch shot options. For example if you are faced with a 30 yard pitch shot then all you need to think is gear 1 with a Pitch Wedge. This technique will also help if you have any hazards in front of you. An 80 yard distance to the green could be either gear 3 with a LBW if there is a bunker in the way or gear 1 with an 8 Iron for a pitch and run shot.
Spending some time on the practice ground is essential for perfecting this technique and will certainly help you get more pars and lower your score. Our advice is to hit 10 balls with each club, in each gear an note down the average distance. As you develop your pitching technique keep an ongoing record of your distances.
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