Hi                                                                                          Newsletter: 0014

PLAYING TO YOUR POTENTIAL:

Regardless of whether you are competing, or just playing golf for fun, you’ve come to the right place to learn this great game!

TODAY YOU WILL BE LEARNING THE FOLLOWING:

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PITCHING:

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The Pitching Shot:

As you can see, the pitching shot swing is between 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock. The speed will gradually increase during the downswing reaching its peak at impact at approximately 6 o’clock.

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I consider the pitching shot is the 3rd swing in golf. It is usually done with either the pitching wedge or the sand wedge and the resulting shot has a relatively high trajectory. A rule of thumb is to carry the ball 2/3 of the distance in the air and let it roll the other 1/3.

Again the swing is initiated with the shoulders and ranges from about 9 o’clock to about 3 o’clock. Make sure your hands stay ahead of the clubhead  throughout the forward swing (no breaking of your wrists). It is similar to the chipping swing but only longer as seen in the photos below.

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The Set Up:
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Your stance and body position should be narrower and more open (facing the target) than for a full shot.

Grip down on the club for better control and play the ball closer to the feet.
Position the ball inside the left heel so it is struck while the club is traveling on a slightly downward path.

The upper body, arms and hands should be relaxed so they can be influenced by the movement of the shoulders.

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The Pitching Swing:
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Backswing:

The arms go half way back to about 9 o’clock.

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The extention of the left arm is maintained as the arms and hands respond to the initial movement of the shoulders. The wrist cock is a natural result of the swinging motion of the arms and hands.

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There is a slight weight transfer resulting  from a larger backswing than the chip shot. 

 The forward swing:

The forward swing is initiated by a lateral movement of the left leg followed by a rotary action of the legs and hips toward the target. 

Be sure to maintain your posture and arm extension after impact.

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At impact:
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The ball is contacted while the club is travelling slightly downward just prior to the bottom of the swing.

Notice the extention of the arms at impact and the weight more on the left foot.

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Follow through:

During the follow through maintain the same hand position and arm extention as at impact (no breaking of the wrist)  with the hands pointing towards the target. The amount of followthrough with the body should be proportionate to and coordinated with the speed of the swing.

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You can see that both arms are fully extended for better control and accuracy.The weight shift is completed with most of the weight now on the left foot.

 

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The knees are closer together at this point due to the rotation in the follow through.

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Length of the Swing:

Notice the extention of the left arm as the swing is almost at the 9 o’clock position.
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Here the follow through is almost at 3 o’clock and the weight has shifted to the left side with the body turned more toward the target.

 

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