Short Game – Medium 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+

20 Responses to “Short Game – Medium Pitch Shot”

  1. I’m a senior, 9 handicap lefty and have improved the consistency of my game by using your teachings.
    This is the weakest area of my game, the medium distance pitch. I’ve tried all sorts of different methods from running it up with an eight iron to flopping with my lob wedge and can not get consistent.
    I will practice this and hope to get the same improvements as you have given the rest of my game. Maybe I can shave another couple of strokes from my handicap.
    Keep up the excellent work!!!

    David D.

  2. Paul ,apart from changing clubs ,Pw,Gw,Sw,and turning slow,médium Speed,fast ,there’s a Third way to régulate the distance OF the carry ,which is by changing the position OF the hands on the handle :end OF grip ,middle OF the grip ,close to the steel .
    The advantage I see is you don’t have to fiddle with YOUR rotational Speed .
    In REAL Life ( and golf ) you Contrôl distance by exercizing the shot quite a lot ,in order to get the feel OF it .
    To stop the ball ,or have it roll ,you ” pinch’it ” more or less at impact
    You should practice this shot ( and the short pitch you showed too) hours ,because you Will hole or not the put dépending the distance the ball stops from the pin !

    • Raymond,

      I don’t like changing hand position but if you feel you have to do it then go ahead. Change your hands and you will most likely change your grip. Why change your swing if you don’t have to?

  3. November 29, 2016

    jeffstein

    Hey Paul-

    I’m a new member and your instruction has helped me greatly. I’ve been in the
    backyard working on short and medium chips. Every now and then, I blade one by the dogs. I think I’m dipping during the hinge. Is that likely and do you have any thoughts about ‘staying tall’? I feel as if I’m starting tall. Best wishes!

    • Paul Wilson

      November 29, 2016

      Paul Wilson

      Jeff,

      Glad you have you on board. That’s great to hear you are improving.

      You should be staying tall and allowing the arms to stretch out as you hit the ball. Maybe you are trying to help it a little. If you try to help it you will look up to see if you did what you are trying to do. Make sure the body is moving the arms.

  4. August 18, 2017

    BradLeClair

    Hi Paul,

    I tend to shank the ball when I’m trying to hit a pitch shot hard. Am I just standing too close to the ball, or am I using too much hands/arms in my downswing? Should I be using my hips more? It’s so confusing because on the short pitch shots I’m ok, but as soon as I have to load up and hit it a little further, the ball goes all over the place off the hozzle.

    Thanks in advance.

  5. March 12, 2018

    RandyRusin

    Paul, loving all the tips, can’t wait for the snow to disappear to get out. I assume this is something one can do with the swing caddie to dial in yardage. Do you do this will all clubs or just SW PW GW LW

    • Paul Wilson

      March 12, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Randy,

      Glad you like the tips. Thanks.

      You certainly can do it with the swing caddie.

      I hit this shot only with Sand Wedge. I only hit full shots with PW, GW and SW down to 70 yards. With SW only and 60 yards and in do I ever abbreviate my golf swing. Why do shorter swings with other clubs when you don’t have to. Don’t you practice your full swing the most? You sure do so try to use this swing as much as possible but vary the rotational speed of the body. Way easier and more simple. Sure you can do other shots but no you need to be out there all day practicing them like I did many years ago.

  6. March 12, 2018

    RandyRusin

    Sorry Paul I think you answered my question in other videos on pitching. It sounds like you use just a SW and can hit it anywhere from 10 to 60 yards with the short and medium pitch shots. Backswing and body turn. Is this correct? Keeps the guess work out of do I use GW or SW full swing, short swing. Or do you dial in your yardages with different wedges and clubs?

  7. March 13, 2018

    RandyRusin

    Paul, took your short, medium and long pitching tips to the indoor range today with the Swing Caddie. WOW can’t wait to keep dialing it in. Put it in approach mode and had a blast practicing today. It really works. It will take all the guess work out of it this year. Carry PW GW SW 60 degree. Would have to stand over ball wondering what club to take and how hard to swing. Should be able to dial just one club in now for those 100 and in shots. Thank you.

    • Paul Wilson

      March 13, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Randy,

      Glad you tried it and liked it. It works amazingly well. Not good if you are just guessing. You need to know exactly how far you are going to hit it before you hit it. Once you get to this level it’s a breeze. Keep at it. Doesn’t take long to master.

  8. Thank you, Paul, for this fantastic resource. Do your wrists roll over to release the short and medium pitches? If yes, is it completely passive or do you assist it? My abbreviated swings are leaving the face open, producing weak and inconsistent pitches. When I actively roll my wrists I make nice “clicky”contact but the closed face sends the ball left.

    • Paul Wilson

      April 24, 2018

      Paul Wilson

      Stephen,

      On the medium pitch I would be releasing the club. Once hinged I am not trying to hit with them. Sounds like you need to roll a few over for a while. Then turn them off once they are unlocked which means you switch to belt buckle to hit the shot.

  9. Working on full swing and now trying to work on the medium and short pitch. In the medium pitch is the takeaway the same as the full swing? you say hinge and turn the belt buckle. Is there a delay in the movement when you hinge on the medium shot before the follow through of the rotation of the belt buckle. In the full swing I am finally having some success with swinging the hips through.
    On the medium pitch shot what should I be focusing on as I takeaway the club? I have some good shots but it seems that the club turns in my hand causing the ball to go right and not with a solid shot. The short takeaway and swinging the body through just seems comfortable.

    The short pitch you say point the end of the of club towards the target and then swing through. What is the finishing position of the take away on the short pitch?
    I am sure things will get better as I apply your technique but things seem awkward now.
    Thanks,

    Peter

    • Peter,

      Yes, it is an abbreviated version of the real swing. You would be turning as in your real swing. This would start the club back then you manually hinge it. Don’t make it too comlpicated and overanalyze it. You nee to think about setting the hinge. You are going slow as you are about to set the hinge. As you feel it set you then feel the belt buckle turn slightly ahead of the arms comes down. If so, you will never hit it fat.

      Watch:

      Meltdown at the 12th: https://ignitiongolf.com/meltdown-at-the-12th/

      As you take the club back you need to think HINGE that’s it.

      Right = tight. Let the club release through impact.

      The follow through on the short pitch is when the club is almost vertical. Don’t I say that in this tip:

      Short Game – Short Pitch Shot: https://ignitiongolf.com/short-pitch/

      Keep it simple. Hinge turn that’s it.

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