Sunday, February 5, 2012

Luke Puts Some Bounce in His Pitches

I pulled another of Luke Donald's Masterclass videos he did for Mizuno. This one looked really useful -- he's playing a short pitch shot after he short-sided himself on the approach. It's also got a short mental game tip after the shot.



I wanted to post this video because it's a very different situation from most of the pitching advice I've given you. I try to give you the highest percentage shot I can, but Luke's playing from a lie where the percentage shot will get you on the green but you'll have a much longer putt than you'd like.

See, Luke didn't short-side himself in the rough. He's on the fairway but the contours of the green make a lower shot unlikely to stop fast enough to get the ball close. The only way to get it close is a high shot from a tight lie, and you have to use the bounce of the club to pull it off.

This can be a really tricky shot, folks. Using the bounce like this means you have to hit the shot accurately. If you hit it a little fat, the club is going to bounce into the ball and you'll skull it. So make sure you practice it before you try it during a round.

2 comments:

  1. I also liked how Luke pointed out that you should be specific for your target.

    Just generally trying to get it on the green is not a great target thought.

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  2. What's that old saying? "If you aim at nothing, you're sure to hit it." The smaller your target, the more likely you are to get it close.

    Like I said yesterday, there's a reason Luke's still #1. ;-)

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