Better Golf: Lockdown Edition

This week we are going to look at one of the most difficult shots in golf – the 50 metre pitch shot. Most golfers can shave many shots off their score if they can master this tricky shot.

Why is this shot so difficult for most golfers? Well, the reason is that it is in between a chip shot and a full shot for most people, making it a half shot that needs to be played with feel and control. Most of the time, you are going to use one of your wedges to perform this shot.

The setup: A common fault with many golfers is that they are trying to help the ball into the air with this shot. Therefore, they setup with their upper bodies behind the ball and their weight leaning too far back. This will cause the clubhead to reach the bottom of the arc too early in the downswing, which will cause fat or thin shots.

In the correct setup you need to have your shoulders more level so that your chest is directly over the ball. Keep the ball position in the middle of your stance with your feet not too far apart. Your weight must be slightly on your front foot.


Wrong setup

Correct setup
The shot: The key element in the swing is to use your bigger muscles to control the shot. You do this by turning your chest away from the ball and letting your wrists hinge naturally in the back swing. Then in the downswing you turn your chest back to and through the ball, with your arms and hands following.


Backswing

Impact

Follow through
The length and speed of your swing, back and through will determine the distance that you will hit the ball.  For this shot you will need a half or three quarter swing back and through. The turning motion of your body, combined with a steady head and good rhythm should make the club shallow out in the same place on the ball every time, leaving you with a consistent strike. Very important to remember that you should never take big divots with this shot.

What you do not want to do when you play this shot is to keep your body dead still and only swing your arms and hands. This will lead to inconsistency and will make you use your smaller muscles which will fail under pressure.


Incorrect backswing

Incorrect follow through
Now is a good time to practice this method at home. If you cannot do this with a golf ball, just try and sweep the grass in the same spot every time. By building up some muscle memory you will find it much easier once you get out on the golf course.

Contact Ben if you would like more tips or drills on how you can improve your golf during the lockdown period.

 

Make it a crazy good year

If you’re shooting in the 90s then what if it took less than 20 hours of learning, practice, and feedback to get into the 80s?
If we can help you sharpen just 4 skills: the half-wedge shot; the short pitch; the chip; and the greenside bunker shot, you could be turning double bogeys into bogeys or pars. You won’t be spoiling holes or frustrating yourself when you’ve been in a solid position.
“There’s a real power to standing within 50 metres of the flag and knowing you’re in control. And it’s intimidating for anyone you’re playing against. More importantly you walk off more greens with a real feeling of satisfaction.”
Is there a plan for you?
Let’s have a conversation. We can start it by phone if required. But let’s start. Would an improvement in your short-game deliver you the biggest improvement in enjoyment and quiet satisfaction this year? It’s been a troubled start, but let’s plan to start out on a great journey. Come on…
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Keep moving.

A few minutes a day for better rotation

Being home doesn’t mean you can’t work on your golf game. Your physical conditioning is just as important as technique and course management. Improving your mobility from home means that when you’re back on the course, you can hit the ground running.
Rotation is the most fundamental movement of the golf swing. When your hips are loose, you’re able to rotate fully and generate the swing speed you’re capable of. Sitting a lot tightens your hips, but with just a few minutes a day you can loosen up and improve your mobility.
In this quick video, strength and conditioning expert Mike Boyle explains how to improve your hip range of motion and avoid lower back pain.
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