Saturday 1 October 2016

Play the perfect pitch shot by getting your right side moving

Barry Massey

Published 25/08/2016 | 02:30

Set up with weight on your front foot and hands ahead of the ball.
Set up with weight on your front foot and hands ahead of the ball.

Most amateur golfers can get the ball up around the green in regulation figures - it's what happens next that determines what handicap you play off.

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There are many ways to play the pitch shot. Some people try to flop the ball up in the air like Phil Mickelson, while others prefer to play their eight-iron along the ground like a long putt.

Of course, you also have the club golfer who uses the putter at every opportunity, even if they're 15 to 20 feet off the green.

That shot is fine until you have a bunker between you and the pin, and then panic sets it.

Follow through with your hip and knee getting through the ball.
Follow through with your hip and knee getting through the ball.

Today Karl Holmes, PGA professional at Greystones Golf Club, is going to show you how to get more consistency and confidence into your short game. If you can learn to play the perfect pitch shot it will be great for your game and your handicap will plummet.

"The first thing to do is tilt your spine forward a little towards the target. This will in turn put more weight on your front foot and should also get the shaft of the club more forward than in your normal set-up," he says.

Try to finish your swing with your belt buckle facing the target.
Try to finish your swing with your belt buckle facing the target.

"Your hands will also be slightly ahead of the ball. This will result in you hitting down on the ball as opposed to scooping it into the air.

"Secondly, you have to work your right side through the shot. Try to move your hip, knee and foot through the ball on your practice swing.

"It is always good to finish with your belt buckle facing towards the target."

Watch the video lesson on independent.ie

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