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Quick Golf Tips - Master This Pitch Shot To Go Low


Making good pitch shots is critical to going low. Landing it close from within 100 yards turns three shots into two and a bogey into a par. But hitting a good pitch shot is easier said than done. These shots are hard when you're in the fairway. When you're in the rough, they're even harder. The last thing you want to do is come up short. If you do, the ball could bounce anywhere. It could jump into a nearby bunker or even land onto hardpan.

Here are six keys to this shot:
* Choose the right club
* Pick out a landing spot
* Position the ball in the middle
* Shift your weight to your front foot
* Make a controlled backswing
* Accelerate through the ball


Your first priority on wedge shots from the rough is carrying the green. If you're putting on the next shot, you've given yourself a chance to save par.

Start by picking the right club. For shorter pitches, use a lob wedge. For longer pitches use a sand wedge or a pitching wedge.

After choosing a landing spot set up with the ball in the middle of your stance and your weight favoring your front foot. This encourages you to hit down on the ball. Now make a controlled backswing and pause briefly at the top. Then shift your weight forward on the downswing and accelerate through impact to a balanced finish.

Don't try to scoop the ball in the air. Instead, let the club's loft do the work of creating the height you need to reach the green. And don't ease up on the shot. If you do, your weight will stay back and the clubhead will pass your hands, which could result in hitting the shot fat.

Good pitches are the secret to going low. Master the pitch shot from the rough and who knows how low you'll go.


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