A pitch describes a shot which is made to the green from 75 yards or less. It is longer than a chip shot, stays airborne more, and rolls less after landing. The Difference Between Pitch & Chip The techniques for both the pitch and the chip are very similar. However, the best way to decipher the difference is to understand the characteristics of the pitch shot: 1. A pitch shot has the arc of somewhat of a high lob, with a decent amount of loft. 2. A pitch shot is considered to be the miniature version of a full swing, […]
Pitching Over Water Hazards & Bunkers: No Time To Get Fancy
There are plenty of times when you have to send the ball flying over obstacles so that the green can be reached. A more daunting shot is when you have to clear a creek, bunker, or a hillock. Not only are the risks higher, but if the ball lands in the bunker or the water then your score will drop.
It’s quite normal to want to make this pitch shot land close to the cup, but no matter how much you want this to happen you must keep in mind the #1 priority:
Clear The Obstacle!
Many times the hole will be close to the edge of the obstacle and the temptation is overwhelming to try to hit a high flying shot that can fall steeply, land smoothly, and come close to the hole.
As wonderful a goal this is, it is more likely that the pitch shot will disappoint you and end up falling short, back into the creek or the sand. Instead, work with what you have. The hole is close to the edge of the green which means you have plenty of room to clear the obstacle. Use this opportunity to get out of the trap you are in.
In time, as you become more skilled at pitch shots like this one, you can then try to pop the ball in to the air and land close to the hole, or to send the ball beyond the hole but with a little backspin. For now – just get it over the obstacle.
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