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When is a Pitch not a Pitch?

Welcome to the Mel Sole Golf School Monthly Golf Tip brought to you by Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School located at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

When is a Pitch not a Pitch?

Sometimes you are faced with a shot on the golf course that is too short for a regular pitch but too long for a chip.  The technique for a pitch is a quick wrist hinge and a follow-through to about waist height.  These shots go between 20 and 80 yards depending on how long the backswing is.  A chip, on the other hand, is more a firm-wristed shot with no wrist break and closer to a putting stroke.

Responding to a question from regular student Barry Melvin, who asked: “How do I play the shot between 10 and 30 yards where I do not have to fly the ball very far, but still need it to stop fairly quickly?”

The Solution.

Barry, the answer to this is what I would call a long chip.  Take your most lofted club, in my case a 60-degree wedge. Take your normal chipping stance, with feet together and angled slightly towards the target.  Then hinge your wrists slightly on the backswing (not a full cock like in a pitch) and then allow the wrists to unhinge on the downswing, making sure that there is no flip at the bottom of the arc, but rather a firm-wristed follow through like a chip.

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