Pitching from firm, tight lies can magnify even the slightest bit of leading edge as the club approaches the golf ball. Hitting a successful pitch from that lie can be difficult for golfers at every skill level. As Scott Hamilton demonstrates in this video, the ticket can be in how position the club shaft at the start of the downswing.
At Athletic Motion Golf, we see so many golfers trying to play this shot from a “hands-in, club-out” position. The problem with that is it virtually eliminates your chance of using enough bounce… and it pretty much guarantees you’ll be coming into the ball with that sharp leading edge leading the parade.
If this shot has been a tough one for you to play consistently, get yourself a small wooden dowel and give what Scott is describing a try. Hopefully you’ll start hitting it closer to the hole!
Let us know how it works for you.
Why most golfers aren’t improving as fast as they should
Improvement happens when our current skillset is challenged to adapt and expand to a new level. So, in order to improve, we need to learn to embrace the challenges that will lead us down the path of improvement.
Unfortunately, most of us have learned to fear challenges. It makes sense. Challenges often led to failure, which can lead to humiliation and embarrassment. They can make you feel lousy. If we can get past our egos that are trying to protect us from failure, however, we can come to see that challenges are the only route to improvement. From there, we have a chance to enact real change and long-lasting improvement.
When you’re practicing golf, you need to look beyond the results or the awkwardness of learning a new technique or skillset. Coordination in the golf swing is everything, and sometimes the changes that are needed are not all that big. They may feel like enormous changes, though, because there is a difference between feel and real.
Golf is a game of improvement. In this video I share my thoughts on how you can get started in your process of improvement. Please enjoy, and feel free to interact with your comments and thoughts.
WATCH: How to (and how NOT to) play from an uphill lie
Top-100 teacher Tom Stickney of Punta Mita Golf Academy in Mexico provides tips for playing the ball from an uphill lie. Hope this helps!
UYGP: Stop killing your score, here’s how to fully commit to every single shot
Coach Will Robins explains the mindset you need to be able to commit to each and every shot during a round of golf, and avoid huge mistakes throughout the round. Learn how to make better decisions and become your own caddy. Some of the best pros and amateurs in the world use these tactics!
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