We are searching data for your request:
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.
Long shots travel farther, but short shots -- including pitches and chips -- are equally important to your golf game. Pitches and chips are approach shots hit toward the green. If you're a beginner, your goal will be to simply land the ball on the green. As you become more advanced you'll try to hit pitch and chip shots as close to the hole as possible.
The chip is a short, low-trajectory shot that doesn't travel far in the air. You'll typically aim for a point on the green well short of the hole, then allow the ball to roll the rest of the way. The spot you aim for depends on how far the ball will travel in the air, where the hole is located and the angle of the green along the ball's path
Address the ball using a narrow stance with your knees slightly flexed, most of your weight over your front foot and your hands set ahead of the ball. Play the ball a bit back in your stance, closer to your back foot than your front. Take the clubhead back a short distance -- typically 1 to 3 feet, depending on how far you wish to hit the ball. Swing your arms back with your shoulders, cocking your wrists only slightly. Hit the ball at a descending angle while rotating your hips and be sure to follow through. Swing the club smoothly, much as you would a putter.
The pitch is a short, high shot that's typically employed from 100 yards or less from the green. You'll play pitch shots when the ball is too far away to chip, when an obstruction in front of the green prevents you from chipping the ball, or when you need to hit a higher, softer shot to hold the green.
Pitching technique depends on the ball's lie and how far you are from the green. For a typical pitch, begin with an open stance, aiming your feet to the left of the target, if you're a right-handed golfer. Open the clubface a bit, meaning the clubface should be angled slightly to your right as you're looking down at the club. Play the ball forward of center, about even with your front foot. Take your hands back about hip-high, but cock your wrists completely to form a 90-degree angle between your lead forearm and the club shaft. Swing through the ball with a normal amount of effort and follow through completely.
Use a lofted club to hit a pitch shot. You may hit a longer pitch with a 9-iron, but you'll more frequently use one of your wedges, all of which contain more loft than a 9-iron. For longer pitches, use the appropriately named pitching wedge. As you get closer to the hole you may select a club with more loft, such as a gap, sand or lob wedge. Chips are hit with a variety of clubs. You'll typically use a lofted club, but a less-lofted club may work on some occasions. When you need to roll the ball a long way, for example, you can use a middle or even a long iron. If you're on the fringe and just need to bump the ball over the edge of the green, you may wish to try a hybrid or a fairway wood. Use a putting motion and the club's loft will pop it briefly into the air before it lands and begins to roll.