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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.


  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.

  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. ;-)