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Stickney: There are many ways to pitch the ball that work

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While surfing through some old swings, I found a great photo of two players hitting pitch shots at Augusta. Both are great pitchers of the ball but use differing techniques. It goes to show you that there is more than one way to get the job done and in fact it reiterates that there is really no “law” when it comes to what shot to play under certain circumstances.

Note: I did NOT say that one was better than the other; I said both work, but you must decide which style works better for you in the end.

In the photo on the left, the player in the white sets his wrists fully, but as we look at the player on the right (in the blue) you can see no wrist hinge at all. So, which is more correct? Both are!

The player on the left hits his pitch shots with more of a driving of the leading edge, which relies on a steeper angle of attack. The golfer on the right uses more of the bounce of the club and thus will come into the ball more shallowly. Not setting the wrists as much helps him to do so.

So, remember that you must experiment with both styles to find your best way…but don’t forget it’s nice to understand and learn how to use both!

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  1. Mat

    Dec 9, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Look at that super fluffy grass. Pretty easy to use bounce on that.

    Not all of us are that fortunate.

  2. freowho

    Nov 28, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Why not both? No hinge makes the ball float and trickle like a putt, good for your basic shot, hingeing makes the ball spin and grab which is good for going over trouble with very little green to work with.

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