Pitching is one of the parts of golf that took time for me to begin to master. Some friends I have played golf with say I am consistent with that part of my game. So, how are pitch shots made easy to learn? What difference does it make to practice 9 yard pitch shots?
In this article I will share with you some great short game advice from Jeff Richmond, the Director of Instruction at ConsistentGolf.
9 Yard Pitch Shots Tips
By Jeff Richmond
A while ago I read an article online, which had research that showed the average distance golfers miss the green. That average yardage is 6 to 8 yards from the edge of the green.
For most pitch shots you want the ball to land a couple of yards from the edge of the green and let the ball run the rest of the way to the hole.
This practice drill can help you tremendously to lower your score. Here is how:
- Find a grassed area where you can practice pitch shots up to 30 yards in distance.
- Get about 50 balls ready to hit.
- Place an object 9 yards away where you want to try to land your ball on.
Use the following clubs:
- – 7 iron
- – 9 iron
- – Pitching Wedge
- – Sand Wedge
- – 60 Degree Wedge (if you have one)
Play each shot with a different club. Your goal is to land the ball on the 9 yard marker.
Then when you get proficient at doing this, move on to a practice green and find spots about 7 yards from the edge of the green.
Play shots using each club to land the ball a couple of yards on the green and letting it run to the hole.
If you get really good at this length of pitch shot, you’ll save yourself a lot of shots around the greens.
Not only that, but you will be using your practice time wisely!
This can only help to lower your scores because when you can hit your chip, pitch and bunker shots close to the hole consistently you will save so many shots it’s not funny.
This practice tip was from Jeff Richmond and if you would like even more help with your short game, go here to find out more about Jeff’s great step-by-step Short Game Improvement program.
Driving Range or Pitch and Chip Practice Area?
Unless you are as lucky as some of my retired friends who can go during the day and spend time practicing before they golf, you probably do not find as much time as you would like to have to practice. Therefore, when you do finally have some time you might have to decide which part of your game to practice. A lot of people prefer to go to the driving range and practice hitting their driver, woods or long irons as far as they can.
But time spent on the pitch and chip practice area is probably a better investment of your limited practice time. We have all heard the saying, “Drive for show, putt for dough”. We have all played with that person who impresses the heck out of us off the tee but then struggles to get on the green and ends up in worse shape score-wise than you who had a short, wimpy drive.
I see more people struggle around the green and many who seem to not be able to grasp the concept of chipping or pitching onto the green. I still find new and improved ways to get more accuracy and consistency. With limited practice time I find myself reading a lot and watching videos to learn more about my short game and how to make it better.
One of the goals of Mental Golf Solutions is to provide solutions to the way we think through our practice sessions. The more confident we become with our short game the more relaxed we will be when we step up to hit a shot near and around the green.
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