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Taking your game to the next level - Pitching like a Pro!

Taking your game to the next level – Pitching like a Pro!

Taking your game to the next level – Pitching like a Pro!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Pitching is a key aspect in lowering your scores quickly.  As I often say in my teaching, “I have never seen a good golfer who cannot pitch, and I have never seen a bad one who can!”  This shot separates the good golfers from the mediocre and will help you take your game to the next level.  Take a look at Piers Ward and Andy Proudman from Meandmygolf, and you will be pitching like a pro in no time!

Controlling the flight of the pitch shot between low, medium, and high is as simple as changing the shaft angle at address and maintaining that shaft angle through impact.  Become an excellent pitcher of the ball by working on these moves!

In today’s Impact Show we discuss how new Trackman 4 data has helped us understand how the best players in the world control the trajectory on their pitch shots. We look at the low, medium and high flying pitch shots, controlling dynamic loft is the key.

Source: Meandmygolf

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Hitting those 1/2 wedge shots crisp and close.

Hitting those 1/2 wedge shots crisp and close.

Hitting those 1/2 wedge shots crisp and close.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Practicing the pitch shot is the fastest way to lower your handicap in a hurry!  The two biggest keys have the correct set-up (this is an absolute must) and controlling the shot with your body rotation and not with the arms. First, initiate the downswing with a pulling motion of the left side and allow the right side to follow!

Learning to hit the short pitch shot can really help lower your scores.  In this video, Butch Harmon shows Touring Professional mark Smith exactly how to hit those 1/2 wedge shots crisply, allowing the ball to finish close to the hole. So head out to the range and put this shot into your game.  You won’t be sorry!

Source: Butch Harmon Floridian.

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Getting a lot more spin on your pitch shots is not hard!

Getting a lot more spin on your pitch shots is not hard!

Getting a lot more spin on your pitch shots is not hard!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

” How do I get more spin on my pitch shots?” is a question I get asked fairly often from my students.  The first thing I do is check their equipment.  How deep are the grooves?  You are not going to get any spin if the grooves are worn out.  Second, surprisingly, is a clean clubface.  You cannot get spin if the grooves on your club are all full of dirt.  Make sure you clean the grooves on your wedges after every shot.  Use a tee to dig the dirt out while it is still fresh because once it hardens, it is far more difficult to do so.  Once your equipment is ready, Chris Ryan will help you with the technical aspect of the shot.  Good luck!

In this video, PGA Professional at The Belfry Chris Ryan shows you how to create the best conditions to hit those mid length pitch shots with high spin that bounce then check up on the green.

Source: ChrisRyanGolf

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How to hit your pitch shots crisply and not fat!

How to hit your pitch shots crisply and not fat!

How to hit your pitch shots crisply and not fat!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Hitting a shot fat (or hitting the ground behind the ball) is one of the most frustrating shots in golf.  When hitting pitch shots, the tendency is to get a little “armsy” and try to scoop the ball.  In conjunction with  TourEdgeGolf and  Swing by Swing, Mike Sullivan shares the keys to hitting your pitch shots crisply!

The problem with short wedge shots close to the hole is that everything you’ve been working on to get to that point needs to have a slight adjustment to create the best opportunity for success.

Mike Sullivan explains that amateurs tend to incorporate their full swing weight shift into short wedge shots, resulting in a delivery of the club behind the ball as a result of a shorter swing. Instead of using your normal swaying motion, Sullivan recommends beginning with 75% of your weight forward in order to create crisp contact.

Source: TourEdgeGolf    Swing by Swing

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To be a good chipper you have to learn to control your airtime!

To be a good chipper you have to learn to control your airtime!

To be a good chipper you have to learn to control your airtime!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I have used this drill in the past to help me control my airtime on both my pitch and chip shots.  

Choosing a specific number of balls (the same number each time) and seeing how many you can land in the hole, teaches you distance control.  Once you can control your airtime, by using different clubs you can then also control your ground time (roll) for the ball to finally end up next to or in the hole. Do that and you will be a really good chipper!  Thanks to   Peter Finch Golf for this very helpful exercise!

This is a fantastic drill to getting your short game next to the hole and save a few strokes a round. Just pick up about 10 balls, grab your lob wedge, and choose a target about 15 yards away. Watch the video for all the details.

Source: Swing by Swing     Peter Finch Golf

Picture: Walmart

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Get Over It - How to use your Lob Wedge effectively!

Get Over It – How to use your Lob Wedge effectively!

Get Over It – How to use your Lob Wedge effectively!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

When I teach pitching at my golf school, it always surprises me how many students don’t carry a lob wedge.

Many say they cannot hit a lob wedge.  First of all, a lob wedge is just another golf club.  It has a head, shaft, and a grip, so I cannot see why this would be any different from a sand wedge, other than the fact that the lob wedge is going to add a higher, softer landing shot to your arsenal!  If you feel you cannot hit your lob wedge well, please go to the range and practice with this club until you master it.  It will save you many, many shots during your round.  I explain how to play a delicate lob shot over a bunker to a really close flag in this video.  Enjoy!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School

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5 Keys from this weeks winner Brandt Snedeker - I like #3.

5 Keys from this weeks winner Brandt Snedeker – I like #3.

5 Keys from this weeks winner Brandt Snedeker – I like #3.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Watching Brandt Snedeker win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the weekend, I was impressed by his “simpleness.” 

Nothing complicated about this guy’s swing.  Take it back and swing it through!  Even his short game is free of complications.  The average golfer could learn such a lot from watching his swing, chipping, and putting.

Peter Morrice from golfdigest.com gives us the 5 keys to Brandt’s victory!

Scoring is a skill, like being a great driver or being automatic out of the sand.

It’s about reading situations and picking the best shot, given the risks and where you are with your game. When I don’t have my A-game, I try to be real patient. I’d rather be in the middle of the green with a 30-footer I can make than miss in a bad spot and be fighting to avoid bogey. But when I’m on and see an opportunity, I’m trying to run the table. I do have some swing keys—I’ll show you a few I’ve worked on with my teacher, Todd Anderson—but scoring is as much seeing the shot as it is hitting it. Here’s how I approach the situations that can turn decent rounds good and good rounds great.

5 Keys from this weeks winner Brandt Snedeker - I like #3.

When you really have to hit a fairway, build in some control with your setup but swing freely to a full finish.

1. TOUGH DRIVES.

Don’t Try To Hit The Perfect Shot.

The most important tee shots are the ones where you can get into big trouble. Usually it’s just two or three a round, but one mistake can put a big number on your card. Remind yourself that you don’t have to hit your best drive of the day; you’re just trying to get the ball in play.

On these drives, I tee the ball a little lower, so it doesn’t stay in the air as long and can’t drift way off line. Then I grip down a half-inch and play for my typical shot—a little draw. Once I’ve done that, I know I’ve added some control into the shot, so I don’t need to do anything different with my swing. I stay aggressive and swing to a full finish (right). Trying to guide the ball away from trouble usually leads to a poor strike.

SNEDISM
The tendency on hard shots is to try to control everything. Relax: Feel your grip pressure at 6 or 7 out of 10, and keep the club in motion at address.

5 Keys from this weeks winner Brandt Snedeker - I like #3.

 

To play a draw, I focus on making a full turn back and then hitting from the inside.

5 Keys from this weeks winner Brandt Snedeker – I like #3.

2. IRON APPROACHES.

Think Conservative, Swing Aggressive.

This is where I have a decision to make: Go for the pin or play to the fat of the green. My draw makes pins on the right tougher to get to, but if the pin is left, I’m on it.

As for technique, a lot of players think about making a good turn with the driver but then swing all-arms with their irons. I often remind myself to make a full turn going back and then hit the inside part of the ball—I want to swing from in to out to hit my draw.

Once I get a good windup, I think of my entire right side as one moving thing, from knee to arm to shoulder (above). Smack it hard with the right side.

SNEDISM
When I’m making birdies, I break my own rule and go for most pins. My thinking is, I’ve created a little cushion. That helps me stay aggressive.

5 Keys from this weeks winner Brandt Snedeker - I like #3.

Turn your body through the ball to control contact and distance on wedge.

3. SHORT WEDGES.

Swing Back Short, Accelerate Through.

On any wedge shot, I expect to get within 10 feet. If the pin is up, I’ll fly it in with my 60-degree. If it’s back, I’ll go lower with my 55.

Amateurs are obsessed with putting spin on these shots, and they think the way to do it is to hit down steeply. But a shallow swing with body turn gives you a better strike and predictable spin. Picture a baseball batter with a big turn through (right). I’ll even make practice swings at knee high to get that rotary feel.

The worst thing is to make a big backswing so you have to ease off the shot. Go back shorter, then turn to the target.

SNEDISM
Practice hitting wedges to measured targets. Make full and partial swings, and check distances. On the course, you have to know your numbers.

 

Set the putterface square at address and just pop it in with a short stroke.

4. FIVE-FOOTERS.

Keep The Putterface Looking At The Hole.

On short putts, you can think make or miss, so always think make. The target is the smallest you face, so set the putter square at address and don’t let it change.

People ask me about my pop stroke on short putts. It’s true, my putterhead hits the ball and basically stops (above). Why? Because the impact with the ball absorbs energy. If the putter kept going, it would mean I’m manipulating the motion.

I also use a strong left-hand grip, meaning my hand is turned away from the target on the club. This limits face rotation during the stroke, and less rotation means I’m making putts.

SNEDISM
Practicing five-footers tests your mechanics because you have to be precise. You can check aim and alignment, and if you kept the face square.

 

I picture a wide track with the ball always working toward the hole off the high side.

5 Keys from this weeks winner Brandt Snedeker – I like #3.

5. 15-FOOTERS

Give Them All A Chance To Drop

Putting is where I feel like I have an advantage. I think the reason is, I’m always trying to make these mid-range putts. If you’re thinking two-putt, you’ll rarely knock one in, because you lose your aggressiveness.

Unless you have major flaws in your stroke, these putts are more about feel than mechanics. When I read a putt, I see a track four or five inches wide that arcs into the hole (right). Depending on speed, I know any ball on that track has a chance. Make sure your putts are always coming in from the high side—and never leave them short.

When you get too specific with your line, you just add tension. Give yourself some leeway, some room for error. It’ll free up your stroke.

Source: Peter Morrice   Golfdigest.com

Pictures: J.D. Cuban  Keith Allison

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The "Rib Thumping" Punisher Drill to improve chipping! 

The “Rib Thumping” Punisher Drill to improve chipping!

The “Rib Thumping” Punisher Drill to improve chipping! 

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

In this video golf tip, Mel Sole demonstrates the Punisher Drill–a chipping and pitching drill that helps improve contact and lower scores.

Using a do-it-yourself training aid that provides immediate feedback, you can eliminate “scooping” shots for good.

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

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