This video looks at the execution of a simple pitch shot, made anything but simple by the extreme pressure of the moment. It is the 17th hole of the last match of the Ryder Cup. The outcome of the entire affair rests on this last 2-ball. Hunter Mahan is two-down, and needs an up-and-down to possibly extend the match, as it is certain that Graeme McDowell will make no worse than bogey, and being already two- up, win the match if Mahan makes bogey. Mahan has just hit an exceptional pitch on the previous hole, one more difficult than this one, only to watch McDowell hole a 20 footer to win the hole. Now it is a matter of simply […]
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Here we have another standard play around the green, as we are close to the green but in enough proximity to the pin to require the ball to fly up in the air and land without rolling a great distance. The variations here from the longer pitch shots with the 58 degree wedge are the slightly extra open face and limited use of arm swing in the backswing.
It is my firm belief that a forward leaning, downward strike is preferable when pitching to any sort of “using the bounce” technique. Here we look at a pitch over a bunker from a tight lie. With the tight pin it is obvious that extra height is needed to have the ball stop close to the pin.
Here we get a better view of the actual low pitch flying and rolling out to the pin. The ability to visualize the shot fly, land, and roll to the hole depends first on your ability to contact the ball the same correct way every time.
Here we switch clubs to produce a lower ball flight and thus a shot that carries less and rolls more. This is an advantage in situations where there is plenty of green to work with in that it requires less swing to produce the required distance, and it is almost 100% true that less swing means less chance to screw up.