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Minimal wrist hinge is key for pitch

Monday, Nov 29, 2010 05:45PM
Minimal wrist hinge is key for pitch

The pitch can be one of the most useful shots in all of golf. Most players have experienced having a lot of green between them and the pin, and choosing the wrong type of shot can leave them well short and with a lengthy par putt. Instructor Butch Harmon recently shared some tips on how to execute the perfect pitch with Golf Digest.

The best time to play a pitch is when one has an ideal lie in the fairway with plenty of green to work with. Harmon suggests that players use a 9-iron or pitching wedge and play the ball slightly back or in the middle of their stance.

For the swing, Harmon told the publication that golfers should bring the club straight back about halfway, accelerate through the ball and end with their arms and club pointing toward the hole. During the swing, players should focus on using as little wrist hinge as possible.

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