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Pitching off Hard Pan.

Pitching off Hard Pan.

Today is July 21st, 2018 and we present Pitching off Hard Pan.  Short Game Saturday #97.  A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

Pitching off Hard Pan. 

Similar to what I spoke about a month ago when I was talking about the High Lob Shot, this is not for the faint-hearted!  You have to be aggressive with this shot and totally commit to the outcome.  How do you achieve that?  By practising this shot over and over again, you gain the confidence to know that this shot is not as difficult as it looks!

The Club:  The correct club here is the 60 degree or lob wedge.  A sand wedge will have too much bounce and will skull the ball over the green.  A lob wedge will always have less bounce than a sand wedge.  So the lob wedge will slide under the ball a whole lot easier.

The Technique:  First thing to remember is the head of the lob wedge is a lot harder than the hardpan you are hitting off.  There is going to be give in the ground, no matter how slight! 

Keep the clubface square.  Do not open the clubface on this shot.  By opening the clubface you will be adding additional loft that you do not want.  Play this shot like a sand shot and hit 2″ behind the ball.  Be aggressive and take a small divot and make sure you follow-through!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

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