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Technique for short pitches on soft ground


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and it's PM.. I don't think that anybody can argue his status in the short-game world. 

As simple as this is, it's helped me tremendously! 

 

Watched the Phil clip last night. Chipping really isn’t my issues, more if a pitching problem. I follow the approach that pmookie posted for chipping. Problem for me is that it stops working when I need more carry. Going to watch the video from Kenny tonight.

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3 hours ago, cnosil said:

 

Watched the Phil clip last night. Chipping really isn’t my issues, more if a pitching problem. I follow the approach that pmookie posted for chipping. Problem for me is that it stops working when I need more carry. Going to watch the video from Kenny tonight.

I still find that the technique is applicable all the way out to full shots. The only thing Might do differently on a pitch is widen the stance to about shoulder length and maybe neutralize the weight on both fee a bit.. maybe 60% pressure on the front foot. Would still place the ball in back half of my stance somewhere and lead with the handle. Hit the ball first as it will cause the ball to ride up the club face and you'll get some good height and not lose any distance. Regardless of whether or not this works for you, it looks like you're getting some really good variety of recommendations here. 

 

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On 11/19/2018 at 5:52 PM, cnosil said:

Biggest problem for me is hitting those 10-70 yard partial wedge shots when the ground is wet.  Typically I hit down on the ball trying to use the bounce like a bunker shot to make sure I get under the ball. Now that the ground is starting to remain a bit wetter I am going right under the ball and getting no distance.

How do you approach this distance?

There's another video on youtube showing Stricker hitting a 69 yard pitch shot.  Exact same motion as his chip shot.  When I get to that distance, I have to hinge a little more.  I really haven't tried this under wet ground conditions, so if you do try it, I would interested in your results.

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Today was really wet;  had about an inch of rain yesterday.   Pitches and chips were horrendous.  if I try to catch ball first I blade it otherwise I hit fat and go right under the ball.   Just can't seem to find a groove for these shots unless the ground is firm.   Wish it didn't get dark so early so I could head to the course and just hit shots for a few hours.  

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Definitely play the ball a bit back in the stance, keep the club face square so that you catch it flush and try to accelerate through the ball.

You have to be precise - it’s hard and takes practice - I try to find a spot to practice off of tight down hill lies - a couple of shag bags of those from 40 or 50 yards often does the trick.

Ironically this time of the year is over for us.


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5 minutes ago, revkev said:

Definitely play the ball a bit back in the stance, keep the club face square so that you catch it flush and try to accelerate through the ball.

You have to be precise - it’s hard and takes practice - I try to find a spot to practice off of tight down hill lies - a couple of shag bags of those from 40 or 50 yards often does the trick.

Ironically this time of the year is over for us.

 

It will come down to practice and like you said  just need to go hit a couple of bags of ball.   It is interesting that I do okay on hardpan since I hit down to get under the ball to avoid the thin shot.  The wet ground is where the problems occur.  

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