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Pitching - refresher for solid contact?   Swing Instructions, Tips, etc.

Started Sep-7 by BOGEYSBGONE; 373 views.
BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Sep-7

Pitching hints please?  Specifically about technique - am struggling with contact, and, (as a result) distance control.   I tend to "pitch" when I am required to carry the ball 5-30 yards.  Otherwise I "chip" and play a bump and run.   

For me - pitching requires making decent contact in order to gauge 1) carry distance; 2) rollout distance.   But if initial contact is poor - then both the carry and the roll become less predictable.   In the past - my carry-to-roll ratio for my 56* is 2-to-1.   Fly it 10 yards and it will hit, check, roll about 5 more.   If I'm 30 yards from the pin - fly it 20 yards, and roll out 10.

I usually do the weight on the left, hands slightly ahead; hinge and hold; open the face to expose/use the bounce for forgiveness.   Now for some reason I can't make solid contact.  So I am assuming I am missing something in my setup or technique.

What are your best tips and tricks for solid contact on pitches please?  From tight lies in the fairway (and where a hazard or obstacle prevents chipping) and from the rough?

Thanks!

Robb

RTee2

From: RTee2

Sep-7

I used to be the world's shittiest pitcher of the ball (good third baseman, though!), and am now getting decent. The video below from around the 7 minute mark really helped me, and understand the role of bounce. I also improved my tempo. Before, it was more like my full swing: too fast and too body-oriented. The downswing is now more relaxed, which has improved contact and consistency. I have also calibrated the distance the ball carries for swings where the club shaft goes to parallel, and swings where the left arm goes to parallel.

https://youtu.be/AmprwrkN81k?t=409

 

Art.. (ArtMBGolf)

From: Art.. (ArtMBGolf)

Sep-7

If you don't have to carry anything, you can use a chipping motion, with dead hands and a bigger swing than the chip and run 8 iron. 
Use a PW or 56°.   I don't think you want wrist hinge or a steep angle of attack, unless you need to flop it over a bunker.   

BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Sep-7

Art.. (ArtMBGolf) said...

 

If you don't have to carry anything, you can use a chipping motion, with dead hands and a bigger swing than the chip and run 8 iron. 
Use a PW or 56°.   I don't think you want wrist hinge or a steep angle of attack, unless you need to flop it over a bunker.   

 

Yes - to me "pitching" always has carry.  My preference is a bump and run...but I always get into trouble.  LOL

Robb

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BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Sep-8

Worked at it for last 2 days - and realized I was rocking my shoulders, and using a big putting stroke at the ball - and bascially swinging my arms past my body.  I was getting all sorts of contact and the ball would basically either fly and stop (way too much spin/high trajectory) or skull it and it would run away forever.   Either way - very unpredictable flight and roll.....b/c of poor contact.

Looked at my old notes - and got a reminder to 1) rotate through the shot and 2) end up with my belt buckle and club pointed at the target. It was easier to do on 20 yard pitches - but it worked like magic for the chips too.  

Hopefully  it's solved!

Robb

I envision I'm throwing a ball softly under handed. The same for lag putting. I would sometimes practice pitching and lag putting with just my right arm.

BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Sep-8

ToraMori said...

 

I envision I'm throwing a ball softly under handed. The same for lag putting. I would sometimes practice pitching and lag putting with just my right arm.

 

Yep good one.  When I envision that my whole body is still engaged.    What I was doing was holding my body stationary and only swinging the arm.   Thanks again Matt.

Robb

Boomslang (DaveP8)

From: Boomslang (DaveP8)

Sep-15

Shorter swing for better contact.  

 

Dave P

That will cause him to chunk and skull.
HAX (CVeratanictu)

From: HAX (CVeratanictu)

Sep-17

When I struggle with pitching, I do the following:

Ball back in the stance.  Hands pressed forward, Turn the shoulders back half way, turn shoulders back through...crisp contact, ball flies where I want it to go.  Repeat.  I control distance with how far I turn my shoulders.

I will either take a regular grip or a choked down grip, and I will do this with any club from a 7 iron or less.

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