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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Randy Smith on More Accurate Pitching

Since I spent so much time this past week on the Ryder Cup, I'm making this a technique weekend. Yesterday I looked at better driver play; today I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum, pitching to the green.

This time I've gone to Randy Smith, one of Golf Digest's 50 Best Teachers, for a lesson on how to hit your pitches closer. And I'll be honest with you, it was these three pictures that drew me to his article. Those are the feet of PGA Tour player Martin Flores. (What? You didn't recognize them?) I'll give a brief summary of each picture.

Low pitch ball position

Low skipping pitch: Open stance, ball near trailing foot, square to slightly open club face with a fair amount of shaft lean.

Standard pitch ball position

Standard pitch: Square stance, middle ball position, square club face with slight forward shaft lean.

High pitch ball position

High quick-stopping pitch: Ball near lead foot, open club face with shaft vertical or leaning backward slightly. The article doesn't say but I'm guessing this is an open stance, much like a sand shot.

There's more to the article than this -- including some swing thoughts to help you get the desired results -- but it's rare to see the ball position and shaft lean as clearly as these photos show.

This article has the potential to really help you improve your pitching, so make sure you check it out.

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