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Full Pitch

Full Pitch, with a Few Variations

Hitting the full pitch wedge is no different from hitting any of your iron shots.  Unlike the half-pitch shot, by definition you just hit the ball with a full swing without a whole lot of finesse or feel to the shot.  But with everything with golf, it’s not that simple.  If you are standing in the fairway 120 yards from the pin, and your maximum distance to hit a full wedge is 120 yards, hit away.  However, those perfect conditions might exist maybe once a round.

How to Add or Subtract Distance from the Full Pitch

full pitch

Club Position for Backspin

It wasn’t too long ago that distances to the pin were guesstimates.  Perhaps you found that small shrub on the side of the fairway that designated 150 yards to the green, and paced your distance off from there.  Those of you that have been around awhile like I have remember how we had to get our proper distance.  Then came the sprinkler heads, with the distance to the center of the green on them.  And of course with a large green you had to know where the pin was, or you could be off by at least a club.

Today we have all manner of GPS and Rangefinder devices that can zero in on the distance to every object you want to know.  We still have to hit the shot, but it takes much of the guesswork out.  So if you hit a full wedge 120 yards, and you are exactly 112 yards from your target, if you hit that full wedge perfectly, you will be at least 24 feet from the hole.  However, you are not going to get there using a three-quarter swing, so it is almost like a full wedge.

How to Take Some Distance off the Full Wedge

When you set up for a full iron shot, you probably set up square to the ball.  The ball will be positioned in the center of your stance with your hands leading through the ball to get the club face square and at a less-lofted angle.  This allows you to hit the ball with more authority, and with the solid contact will put more backspin on the ball for greater ball control.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Golf BookBut let’s say you don’t want quite the distance from a more solid hit.  How do you take a little distance off this full shot?  You don’t want to tinker with your finely honed swing, as you increase the likelihood of a mishit.  Two things you can do:

  1. Open up your stance slightly, but keep the club face lined up in the direction of the target.  Then take your normal swing.  The open stance will put a small cutting action on the ball, decreasing the solid contact and slightly lowering your distance.  Don’t consciously try to cut the ball, or you may end up in strange territory.
  2. Put the ball slightly forward in your stance.  Even a couple of inches forward will give the loft of the club a chance increase, sliding the club more under the ball.  This will make you hit it higher and a little shorter.

 

 

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