Well, today I hit the ball great again and here’s my swing thought for the day:
1. Watch your weight shift during your backswing. Make sure it doesn’t transfer more than 75% to your right foot. My fault has been that I’d transfer more than 75%, thus causing me to sway.
2. On the downswing and follow-through, make sure to keep your head down. This caused to fix 90% of my problems simply by keeping my head down.
3. Rhythm,rhythm, and rhythm. Without rhythm, you are not swinging the golf club. You need rhythm for all kinds of shots including short pitch shots and putting.
Well, that was about it and I did hit lots of great short pitch shot from about 10-30 yards.
Here’s some key thoughts on hitting great 10-30 yard short pitch shots.
1. Rhythm – try to focus on your rhythm, this will automatically help you hit that pitch shot nice and crip while accelerating through the ball.
2. Soft hands – Keep your hands ultra-soft, like noodles hanging, and make sure to keep them soft during the whole pitch shot. Let your hands be wristy, don’t be stiff. Great soft pitch shot come from soft hands and wrist action.
3. Try to hit the pitch shot so you can hear the crisp sound of the ball wacking the middle of the clubface.
4. Setup to the ball square or slightly open. A lot of players open the stance too much, that will only help you cut across the ball and not as much pure backspin, which is what you want.
5. A small pitch shot is basically a miniture version of your full swing. Feel, feel, and practice.
You can also try opening up your clubface 30 degrees but with a square stance. This will put a lot of spin on the ball and give you that “hop and drop” effect even on really short shots.
Advanced Golf: For even more “hop and drop” effect, you can even feel like “trapping” the ball with your upper body on the downswing. Doing this makes the pitch shot go slightly lower yet spin like crazy if you catch it super clean.
Now, these are for pitch shots from 10 to 50 yards. Those are the best shots to practice.
Find a quiet empty green with just 3 Titleist Pro-V golf balls and move around every 3 balls. Don’t bang 100 balls from the same spot, that is the worst way to practice small pitch shots.
Make sure to pratice with the ball you play with. 3 balls is enough.