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Pitching to winter greens

GPGE Tip: PITCHING TO WINTER GREENS

You are 60-100m out and you know the ball is going to bounce hard when it pitches that rock-hard winter green. Is there a way to stop it in these conditions?

Scotty says “Yes, there is, as long as you take the time to practice the technique at the wonderful World of Golf.”

The solution is simple – you have to create more spin with your wedges. In practice, it is more of a challenge, but here’s how you can go about learning to spin the ball like the pros:

EQUIPMENT:

  • Firstly the ball you use is very important, which should be a soft, 3-piece ball for maximum spin. If you need help choosing a ball, ask your Gary Player Golf Experience pro, or visit The Pro Shop for expert advice.
  • Secondly, you should be using wedges that still have sharp, unworn grooves, also to maximise the spin imparted on the ball.

TECHNIQUE:

Position the ball forward of middle, which helps to get the ball up quicker, and open your clubface slightly, which will cause the ball to run across more grooves, thereby increasing spin.

Since you need to create a sharper descending blow on these pitch shots, a steeper backswing is important.

Be sure not to flip your wrists through impact, as this will decrease the compression/spin of the ball. Rather drag your hands to just beyond impact. Use the image below to visualise the move…

Finally, be sure to following through to a nice, high finish!

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