Make Sure Your Practicing Your Pitching

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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+

6 Responses to “Make Sure Your Practicing Your Pitching”

  1. October 13, 2013


    My short game is pretty good. (Self Talk)

    I have a variety of shots depending on the situation i.e. Chip, Bump and run, Pitch, Hinge and Hold, Paint Brush, High Lob, spin and stop..

    For practice:
    1. Various clubs the same distance (for control)
    2. One club various distances (for feel)

    Technique for pitches, usually turn and rotate from different “clock” positions up to full swings with varying amount of effort.
    High Lobs, More static, 3 o’clock to 9 O’clock
    Low percentage, short distance, wide open, wide arc lob. alla “Phil Mickelson” (-pretty good at it at times)
    very wristy lob, takes a lot of practice. (not necessarily recommended – but not all that difficult). I can even do “stymies”

    For me, its a “fun” time, but with a purpose. My backyard is not all that large, but I make the most of it. Driving area into net, life like mats with different tees and turf areas already set up, long putting strip into small plastic Folgers coffee can. 50 ft pitch/chip into the six foot wide capture area, allows me to visualize mini draws and fades. Add a video camera with self timer and tripod. My “facility” is complete with the exception of actual greens, stimp meter, bunkers.

    • Paul Wilson

      October 13, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      I’m glad you practice your pitching and all the different shots and you have set up an area to do so. Too many people do not practice because they forget, they are running to the course or they don’t like to practice it. Keep up the good work.

  2. February 24, 2014


    Quick question on the pitching.

    I will go through periods where my pitching is great and I feel like I can get up and down from anywhere. It just feels easy.

    Then all of a sudden the backswing on short pitches starts to feel too short so I start either getting really long with the backswing and then slowing down swing or taking short backswing but then getting really quick with the down swing to try and make up for short backswing.

    I know both of these are wrong and then I get inconsistent contact and results.

    When this happens any advice on turning this trend around? It seems like the harder I focus on it the worse it gets because then I get too much tension in my hands and arms.

    Thanks for any help.

    • Paul Wilson

      February 24, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Your pitching should be great all the time. This is quite easy to do. You need 3 backswing lengths. As I explain, short pitches have you pointing the butt at the target. Medium shots you are pointing the butt at the ground. Full shots you are pointing the butt away from the target. This way you are focused on the butt not on the whole club or hitting anything. You set the backswing (slowly) because you do not hit it going back. You are setting it up to go forward.

      Once set you immediately switch your thought to the belt buckle. Once thinking of the belt buckle you are determining the rotational speed of the body for the shot you are trying to hit. So you are thinking: HINGE/TURN.

      By doing it this way you should be able to hit the same backswing each and every time because you know where the butt it and you know where the target, ground and away from target is. This will make the backswing consistent. Once set you are using your body to hit. Doing it this way you are never guessing. I hate guess-work.

      Not sure if you have seen the other Pitching tips. If not, you need to go through them all. Just access them in the red nav bar. I go through the technique in most of them.

      • Hi Paul,

        I have a question about distance control for short irons. For example, I use 9 iron for 145 yards. I use P Wedge for 125. For 135, I use 9 iron and grip down 1 or 1.5 inches. But, I am not confident. Maybe a shorter back swing is a way to go??
        What would you recommend?

        For 110 or 100, I use my 54 degree wedge and I am confident. But, I lose confidence when hitting 80 or 90 with the same wedge.



        • Kwangsoo,

          There is something wrong with your swing or your clubs because the gap between your 9 iron and wedge is too great. It should only be 10 yards. I don’t want you abbreviating your swing or gripping down on the club. For all full swings you should be doing full swings. The only time you would grip down or abbreviate your swing would be from about 60 yards and in. All other swings should be full swings.

          You do this because you are not practicing a grip down swing or shorter backswing on a regular basis with longer clubs. You do practice them with your SW or LW. So have your clubs checked or look at your swing to see what is causing this gap.

          To gain confidence at 80 and 90 you need to hit more of these shots. This is your normal swing so you should not be having a problem with these shots at all. I get the feeling you are changing your swing on these shots. Stand tall and do your full swing on the 80-90 yard shots as well as pitching wedge.

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