November 30, 2012

Let’s Talk About High Trajectory Shots

Now we are moving to the high shots. One is pitching and the other is the sand shot. The way I understand it, the pitch shot got its name is when it goes up in the air and lands on the green, it leaves a pitch shot. That’s the best story I have heard so I am going to go with it. The trajectory of this shot is the majority of the time, the ball spends its time in the air and very little time on the ground. When we are playing this shot, we are trying to predict the trajectory, the distance and how far until the ball lands. So if we can control those factors, we can become better players in the short game area, which is also called the scoring area since 70% of our strokes are taken in from 75 feet away.

First thing we are going to do is determine what kind of lie of the golf ball. The second thing I need to determine is what kind of surroundings do I have? Is there sand, water, long grass, etc. Third, I have to consider is your ability to have the right of assessment in the kind of shot you need to lie at that particular time.

For a normal pitch shot, I would position the ball in the center of stance, the shaft and my weight would be centered. I have set up a practice station here to help take the guess work out of this. Anytime I go out to practice anything that deals with my swing, I want to take as much of the guess work out. This is so I am getting the most accurate feedback and therefore using my time effectively.

The second point is controlling the distance. There are two ways that will influence the length of the ball traveling. The length of the motion and the way I set up during my pre-shot routine. We are going to play a normal pitch shot. The ball is slightly left to center. I am going to determine the length of the motion by taking a practice shot. Now I am going to step up to the ball and actually do that practice shot. We have to be more reactive to this type of shot.

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