How to Hit a Short Pitch Shot

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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+

40 Responses to “How to Hit a Short Pitch Shot”

  1. Hi Paul 2 questions , 1 on these short chips if you want a little higher shot do you open the club face some and and open your stance or just move ball forward some. 2nd ques on tight lies what is more consistent, this way or using your chipping hands forward technique

  2. What club are u using and is the face squared or open? What if it is a 60 yard pitch shot. Do u use the same club, but take it back futher?

  3. Is the pitch shot more handsy than the full swing?

    • Michael,

      No, your hands are always powerless in the downswing. Just let the rotational speed of your body bring your hands down.

  4. BEN HOGAN would say you should keep your approching pitch shoots low ,for more control and pr

  5. Paul, I keep getting problem topping this shot. Where may it come from? I don’t think I am raising the head too early…

  6. Yes but what I can’t figure out is why am I topping ONLY the pitch shot. I am pretty ok with the normal swing, the chipping with your technique has become a strong point of my game but I have a block on pitching. Can you help me?

    • March 16, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      You are topping pitch shots because you are guessing on how to hit the shot. You need to follow my pitching tip. For pitching you are not hitting just like in the full swing. Search the Red Nav Bar: SWING TIPS > PITCHING. This is all explained as well in my Swing Machine Golf short game series.

      How to Pitch:

  7. Hi Paul,
    Well, i’m off my crutches and out of my boot after the Achilles surgery. So i’m headed to the range today to start practicing pitching, chipping, and putting. It will be several more weeks before i can start taking full swings. When you pitch or chip are we always looking for 3 or 4 knuckles on the left hand, or is that just for thick rough and sand?

    • Terry,

      You are only seeing 3-4 knuckles when chipping or doing a knock down shot. Pitching is your normal grip.

  8. Great lessons. I love your website and having the short little videos that concentrate on the specific shots.

  9. January 15, 2017


    ” How close should you stand from the ball?” I went for a titiest wedge fitting. The Pro felt I was standing too far from the ball because I was reaching for the ball and hitting some shots on the hosle. He had me stand really close to the ball. He wanted me to feel like I was almost hitting more from the inside. This was for 40-60 yard wedge shots. I felt like I was too close and was concerned it would lead to shanks. Reviewing your lessons I am not sure how close I should be standing from the ball. Appreciate the help

  10. Hi Paul
    What would be the disadvantages of turning the hip rather than the belt buckle in pitching. Thank you

    • Farin,

      You can try it. If it works then do it. I just like the belt buckle. Easy to think of. Keep in mind you need to move it before the arms start down. Not sure you will be able to feel this with the hip.

  11. October 13, 2018



    I typically open the face a little to use the bounce of the club. Is that ok or should I try it with a square face? I play on a lot of rye and bermuda.


  12. Do you keep your wristed cocked throughout the downswing or do you uncock on the downswing?

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      March 31, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      The wrists would be rehinging as in your real golf swing. If you don’t do this you will hit it thin and right for a right handed golfer.

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      March 31, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Martin not Fishman.

  13. Paul,

    Do you generally use a sand wedge for these type of shots? Say 56 or so degrees?


    • Definitely! I personally use a 56* wedge for my pitch shots as I do not carry a 60* wedge. Some people like to use a 60* wedge though. This is personal preference as to how your golf bag is set up.

  14. September 7, 2020


    Hi Paul
    I really like this and also the other wegde positions. grip away from target, grip to the ground etc
    This gives me with only “normal ” rotation “clubs” covering everithing but 30m carry (working on that).

    How am I suppose to think/do to apply more backspin for shorter wedges like 15,20,25m?

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      September 10, 2020

      Paul Wilson

      You can get more backspin by using things like, newer wedges; so sharper cleaner grooves. Having good contact, so that would be correct positioning and technique. And lastly, having the right conditions; good lie int eh fairway and playing a softer golf ball.

  15. January 10, 2021


    should we bump and run or chip if the the distance to the is 10 to 15 yards to the green and 5, 10 or 15 to the green

  16. April 12, 2021


    I am implementing your tips on pitching and am generally hitting it better but was wondering about hitting with powerless arms with abbreviated backswings. Also what about the follow through?

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      April 14, 2021

      Paul Wilson

      The follow through should be as rule of thumb always longer than your backswing. This will make sure that you are always accelerating. I would not be trying to abbreviate your backswing too much, try gripping down on the golf club by an inch or even 1.5″. This will make the golf club swing slower, so you don’t have to start trying a golf swing that you might not practice too much.

  17. April 29, 2021


    where should the toe of the club be at top of backswing……up, or more closed??

    • The toe of the golf club would be pointed down, but more importantly the leading edge should be parallel with your lead forearm (left forearm for a right handed golfer). This would be a square position. If the clubface is pointing towards the sky, this is shut and if the toe is straight down / clubface pointing down then this is open. Check out this tip:

      Top of Backswing Square:

  18. May 16, 2021


    Hi Paul, loving the concept of “dialling in” distances. How do you recomend using the backswing distance control with the slow, medium and fast turn – distance control, or is the turn speed only used to control distance on a full swing?

  19. October 25, 2021


    Thanks for all the great tips. In the short and medium pitch shots is your stance square or slightly open? I can’t tell for sure from the video angle.
    Thanks, Brian

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      November 16, 2021

      Paul Wilson

      You can have it either. Slightly open is probably the more common one you would see in professional golfers. You just never want it closed.

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