Many golfers get intrigued (or overwhelmed) by all of the buzz words and chatter tossed around about how to improve your golf game.
You hear things like…get the club on plane…fire the right side…create more lag in your down swing. But if you are just starting to play or don’t understand the purpose of these “instructions”, they won’t make you a better golfer.
To make things easier and help you build a more consistent game, my advice…
Practice hitting pitch shots.
A pitch shot is a mini version of a full swing. For instructions on how to hit a pitch shot, click here.
Practicing pitch shots will improve your game by helping with…
- Balance and getting your weight on your front foot
- Consistent ball striking
- Training your hands to square the club face at impact
Training your hands is the most important improvement because 85% of the direction of your shot is where your club face is at impact. Club face right…golf ball right, club face left…golf ball left, club face square to the target…ball goes towards the target.
Pitch shots are the easiest way to train your hands to square the club face because you are hitting a more controlled shot. There are less moving parts and less chance for error, which develops good habits. Those good habits not only improve your pitch shots, but will transfer to your full swing.
Spending the time to improve your pitch shots will benefit your short game and long game and will lower your scores.
How much of your practice time do you devote to working on your pitch shots? Let us know.