Short Game – Long Pitch Shot

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

10 Responses to “Short Game – Long Pitch Shot”

  1. Hi Paul,
    I heard you saying that you used SW for this long Pitch shot. Also you mentioned that for medium and short pitch shots also you use SW.

    I thought I should use PW for Pitch shots and SW for bunker shots. Thanks for clarification.

    Regards

    Venu

    • Venu,

      No you need to be using SW or LW for all pitch shots. PW is too strong. You will not get the spin you need for these shots. You should only be hitting a full pitching wedge from the distance you hit this club. From SW to PW you will need a Gap Wedge to fill in the gap.

  2. Hi Paul,

    Would this apply for all shots? Meaning full swings with other clubs as well?

    • Stian,

      This is a full swing. I just want you thinking HINGE/TURN on pitches. On your full swing with other clubs you would be thinking Coil into the backswing then hinge at the top. Coming down you are trying to touch the legs and touch the head as I describe in all my tips.

  3. Paul ,YOUR three lessons on the pitch shots are the building blocks for good scoring .
    Though. I ‘m short off the TEE and also with the FAIRWAY Woods ( But very very straight ),whenever I’m within 100 yards from the pin ,I become deadly ,and that’s how I post good scores .
    I would add to YOUR excellent lessons two points which I ContrĂ´l very strictly ,apart from what you say about the butt end OF the club :
    First and foremost ,nurse YOUR tempo : it must be fluid and rythmic as you show ,let the club play by itself with gravit y and perform a ryttmic HIP Turn .
    Second ,put 60 % OF YOUR Weight at address on YOUR left ( Lead ) leg .
    If you CAN manage to put YOUR ball at less than 10 feet OF the pin ,you have fair chances to hole out in one put .
    That’s how to play par if you can’t reach the Green in rĂ©gulation .

    • Raymond,

      Your tempo would be determined but the rotational speed of your body.

      I don’t like 60% of the weight on the forward foot. 50/50. You would have more weight on the forward foot in a knock down shot. This is a normal shot.

  4. Paul, I have been improving (specially with the long swings) having brought to my thoughts to tilt before turning. Actually I’m thinking: coil, tilt and turn (kind of 1,2,3 rhythm). Do I have to introduce also the tilt thought into the pitch shot (only the long ones, I cannot think of tilting in the short and medium ones).

    Another question: is it possible to have medium pitch shots with different lofts (9 iron or even 8 iron) to pitch it to the front and have more roll than the 8-10 yards a 56 degree is rolling? Would you recommend also to practice those pitch shots as well?

  5. November 24, 2015

    LenKoblenz

    As you can see by the date of this comment, I have gotten severely behind, but I am catching up. These pitching chips are terrific. I have always used a PW due to a lack of confidence in my SW. I now realize that my lack of confidence was the cause of the bad shots, not the club. All of the mistakes you have noted, I have made. I recently watched a ‘chicken wing’ tip, even though “I don’t do that.” Well, it made me realize that I do do it and it is mainly when I look up. I am now confident that it is just a matter of time until it all falls in to place. I have only played about 12 rounds this year, with none under 90 – until last week. I shot an 85 with 4 three putts. The three putts don’t worry me, because that has never been a problem in the past. More playing will limit them. I am very encouraged and owe it all to you. Thanks.

    Len

    • November 24, 2015

      Paul Wilson

      Len,

      Don’t think you have to catch up. Each video is put in the archive. Get to it when you work on that topic. Too much and you will get confused.

      Yes, you do not want to use your PW for pitching. Doesn’t have enough loft on it.

      Most people do a chicken wing. I would say over 90% of everyone who comes to me for lessons. If you are shooting those numbers and did not learn as a kid you would be doing a chicken wing.

      Glad the scores are coming down. Just keep at it. Low 80’s then 70’s in the future. Then it gets really fun.

      Definitely practice the long putts.

      Practice Putting: http://ignitiongolf.com/best-practice-putting/

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